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Winter 2012 ABS Meeting in Raybrook

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ABS outing in Raybrook on Sat Dec 1, 2012.

Last weekend ABS held a meeting at the APA office in Raybrook to recap 2012 activities and talk about ideas for 2013. ABS member Elizabeth Lee wrote a great article about the meeting for the Press Republican – check it out here.  



Mount Skylight Hike

Carol Gates and Julia Goren on the summit of Mount Skylight. photo courtesy Carol Gates.

ABS’ers Julia Goren and Carol Gates had a great hike to Mount Skylight on June 16th. They started the hike at 7:30 am and arrived at the summit about 12:30 pm.  They got back to the parking lot at 7:30 pm – it was an 18 mile round trip to almost 5,000 ft (4,926)!  They were looking for rare alpine species,including this one, Mountain Sandwort, Minuartia groenlandica. 

Mountain Sandwort. photo courtesy Carol Gates

On the Trail to Hooker’s Orchid

Hooker’s orchid. photo by Emily DeBolt

Hooker’s orchid (Platanthera hookeri) is endangered in NY. Only 2 known populations remain. NYNHP has more info about this species.

I was lucky enough to get to head out earlier this week to see one of the two locations – this one is in Warren Co. Despite the rain – I managed to get some photos.  There were a total of 4 plants in bloom.  3 in one group and 1 by itself a short distance away. We also saw some other lovely blooms along the trail on our way in, and had some amphibious company – which was very fitting due to the weather.  Here are a few photos from the trip. I hope you enjoy! (post by Emily DeBolt)

close up of the flowers of Hooker’s orchid. photo by Emily DeBolt

This little patch of twinflower along the trail (Linnaea borealis) was a nice surprise! photo by Emily DeBolt

Bazzania trilobata – a liverwort. There was a big clump growing along the trail. From a distance you might mistake it for just some more moss – but up close – it is anything but! photo by Emily DeBolt

We had good company on our rainy hike. The American toads seemed to be enjoying the weather. photo by Emily DeBolt

The red efts where enjoying the weather as well. We counted 21 – and managed to not step on any! photo by Emily DeBolt

These pink lady slippers were staying dry under the pines. photo by Emily DeBolt

Indian cucumber root flowers on a second tier of leaves. photo by Emily DeBolt

I just never get tired of photographing bunchberry – they are just so pretty- And they make a great groundcover for the home landscape as well! photo by Emily DeBolt

Spring Pond Bog Trip

The second largest open expanse of peatland in New York, Spring Pond Bog Preserve provides a unique habitat for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state.  It contains a patterned peatland with ridges (strings) and wet depressions (flarks).

Thanks to ABSers Carol Gates, Emily Tyner & Dave, Lem & Anita Hegwood and Lisa Albrecht for sharing their plant list from their trip on May 19th to Spring Pond Bog.

Additional Plants to add to the List for Spring Pond Bog
NYFA 2003

2012 Field Trip Schedule

The Adirondack Botanical Society is pleased to announce its list of summer 2012 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. Some trips might have a size limit.

Click here to view the field trip schedule.

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.

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.