We are in the process of posting all of our summer field trips for 2016 but have trips that are already planned under the Field Trips tab that are taking place in the Adirondack Region jointly with the New York Flora Association and just with our Society. Hope to see you in the field!
Category Archives: Field Trips
The Adirondack Botanical Society is pleased to announce its list of summer 2014 field trips. These trips are for everyone from interested enthusiasts to professional botanists. Contact information for each trip leader is below so please contact them before the trip. All trips have a size limit. CLICK HERE to go to the field trips page and the listings.
However, we had to look closely at the edges of moss hummocks to find sundew.
by Steve Young, Adirondack Botanical Society
Literally, the group got blasted by the wind and fog at the start of the trip but in the end a good time was had by all. The trip started with an unplanned walk up the nature trail to the top since the elevator had broken the day before. This exposed us to the west side winds and fog which battered us all the way to the top.
As we reached the top of the mountain the cloud cover began to clear and we had some glimpses of the scenery below including Lake Placid and Lake Champlain. At the top we assembled for a group photo where blue was the color of the day!
From left to right are Rebecca Wightman, Tom Wightman, Paul Tedesco, Connie Tedesco, Steve Young, Carol Gates, Jackie Donnelly, Steve Daniel, Michael Burgess, Joan Zeller, Tom O’Donnell and Joanne Schlegel. Five other participants, Stephanie Sears, Susan O’Donnell, Dick Lighty, Sally Lighty, and Natalie Yaskow did not make it into the photo.
We saw most of the plants on the existing plant list and found out we need more work on the grasses there.
Here Carol and I examine a stand of Canada bluejoint grass, Calamagrostis canadensis. Below, Steve Daniel, Joanne Schlegel and I look at clumps of Bigelow’s sedge, Carex bigelowii, an alpine sedge with dark spikes that are in the process of dispersing their perigynia.
After a hike down the more protected hiking trail on the east side we paused for lunch and then walked back to the parking lot. On the way back, Steve Daniel, Jackie Donnelly and I puzzled over this tiny plant growing on the wall of the parking lot in open sand near the elevator. I finally keyed it out to Sagina japonica, an exotic member of the pink family that had never been recorded for Essex county before.
Spinulum annotinum – bristly clubmoss – (originally recorded for the site under Lycopodium annotinum but years ago the ID here was changed to the high mountain species Spinulum canadense. We determined that both species are here.)
Huperzia lucidula – shining clubmoss – seen in the krumholz along the hiking trail.
Melampyrum lineare – cow wheat – seen along the hiking trail.
Erysimum cheiranthoides – wormseed mustard – seen along the parking lot wall near the castle.
Sagina japonica – Japanese pearlwort
Ribes glandulosum – skunk currant – it was determined that the Ribes cynos0-bati on the existing list was mis-identified and the plants are actually this species. Along the nature trail and at the summit.
Viola pallens – smooth white violet – seen along the wall of the parking lot near the castle, with long runners.
Gallium mollugo – seen along the wall of the parking lot near the castle.
Thanks go to all the participants and their sharp eyes and botanical knowledge. We hope this will be an annual tradition in celebration of our unique alpine flora and the dedication of Ed Ketchledge in protecting it, especially here on Whiteface where he spent many hours cataloging the flora.
For another blog post on the trip, click this link to the Saratoga Woods and Waterways blog by Jackie Donnelly.
For an updated plant list for Whiteface CLICK HERE.
Click on the Field Trips page at the top of the page to see our list and details of field trips for 2013. Field trips will include:
Algonquin Mountain – June 2
Hudson River Ice Meadows – July 14
Intervale Lowland Bioblitz – July 21
Whiteface Mountain – August 3
Slush Pond Bog – September 14
Sign up now before they fill up!
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.
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!