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April Society Meeting Takes Place at Coon Mountain, Westport

Attendees: Ray Curran, Carol Gates, Lem  Hegwood, Anita Hegwood, Audrey Hyson, Steve Langdon, Elizabeth Lee, Stephanie Sears, Emily Tyner, Steve Young.

We had a beautiful hike to the top of Coon Mountain and saw about 33 species of plants that were blooming, fruiting, or in bud (we had to make a judgement call on some of them!). The trail was full of spring ephemerals and there were lots of oohs and aahs. We were able to add a few new species to the existing list. The weather started out warm but soon became breezy and cold as a cold front came in so we didn’t spend long at the summit. Elizabeth described what we could have seen if it had been a clear day so we all wanted to come back to see the view and see the plants that had not yet matured.  Afterwards we drove to the Dogwood Bread Company in Wadams, warmed up on tomato herb soup, and had our meeting as the pouring rain came in.  Thanks to Elizabeth Lee for arranging a great trip! – Steve Young

For the list of Coon Mountain plants we saw  CLICK HERE.

Happy hikers showing off their new ABS t-shirts at the top of the mountain

Canada violets were in abundance

Some of the witch-hobble was in full flower

A History of Adirondack Flora through Stoddard

Silver cascade Elizabethtown

Silver Cascade, Elizabethtown, by Seneca Ray Stoddard

On Sunday January 15, 2012 the Adirondack Almanack posted an article about an ‘Exhibit of Stoddard Views Coming to Chapman Museum“.  This museum exhibit has an interesting connection to Adirondack Flora, so it is being shared here as well.

Long considered beautiful photographs of the Adirondack landscape, Seneca Ray Stoddard’s views also serve well as documents of the plants that inhabited the region in the 19th century. The Glens Falls Historical Society’s Chapman Historical Museum’s summer exhibit, S.R. Stoddard’s Natural Views, which will run from May 4 through September 2, will feature fifty enlarged photographs of different Adirondack settings – lake shores, marshes, meadows, riverbanks and mountainsides. Highlighted in modern color images will be examples of the plants discovered in Stoddard’s photographs — from small flowers to shrubs and trees.

click here for the entire post on the Adirondack Almanack

Daun Reuter, a biologist at Paul Smith’s College – and ABS member – will be working on the project to help identify plants in the photographs.  “I am very excited to work with Director Timothy Weidner of the Chapman Museum on an exhibit of photos by Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard,” said Daun. “I will be asking for assistance from other botanists in the region including members of the Adirondack Botanical Society.  I hope everyone will have a chance to view the exhibit opening this May.

Second Society Meeting Takes Place at Paul Smiths.

Eleven members met on November 12th at the Paul Smiths Visitor Information Center to discuss future steps for the Society. For a summary of the meeting CLICK HERE. Before the meeting host Brian McAllister lead members on a walk along the trails at the Center. It was a beautiful day to enjoy the boreal vegetation and incredible views of the wetlands and forests. Go to our photos page for a look at the photos from the walk.  Our next meeting will be on April 21st in the Champlain Valley near Westport so keep your calendars open!

A view of Barnum Pond from the VIC boardwalk. Photo Alex Young.

Photos Posted from the July 30 Trip to Whiteface Mountain

The trip to Whiteface Mountain started off cold and misty but the clouds lifted later on and it was beautiful. We saw many rare plants and recorded 6 new plants for the mountain. CLICK HERE to access the full set of photos by Steve Young. CLICK HERE to see the plant list.

Bearberry willow covers the rocks at the top of Whiteface near the parking lot.

Photo Gallery is Growing – but we need your help!

If you have been on a hike or paddle lately and have a few pics you would like to share – please send them to  The Photo Gallery Page is growing with photos of ADK fauna and plant enthusiasts – but we need your help.  Be sure to include:

  • the  name of the plant (both common and scientific name),
  • the date and location of the photo,
  • any other info you would like to add.

Sometimes you don’t have to go very far for a photo  – this patch of Fireweed, Chamerion angustifolium, is growing right along route 73 near one of the parking areas near Upper Cascade.  It was just starting to flower when I drove by on July 7th.  I could barely see the flowers though, as there was hardly one not taken up by a bee!

ABS is now online

The Adirondack Botanical Society had its kickoff meeting in Raybrook on April 30th, 2011.

ABS plant enthussiasts

ADK plant enthusiasts on a trip to see big trees after the ABS kickoff meeting on April 30, 2011

To join the Google discussion group for the Adirondack Botanical Society send an email to Write Join in the subject line. You can state why you would like to join in the body of the email.

Check out the field trip page to see what field trips are coming up as well. Hope to see you out there.