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Adirondack Botanical Society Meeting January 12

The next planning meeting for the Adirondack Botanical Society will be 10am, January 12 at Intervale Lowlands ( in Lake Placid.  For more information you may contact Steve Young at

Spring ABS meeting April 20 in Keene Valley

The Spring meeting of the Adirondack Botanical Society will be Saturday April 20th from 10 am – Noon at The Nature Conservancy office in Keene Valley.

For more details, email AdkBotanicalSociety(at) or join our Google Group. To join the Google discussion group for the Adirondack Botanical Society send an email to adkbotsoc+subscribe(at) Write Join in the subject line. You can state why you would like to join in the body of the email.

2013 New York Flora Association Field Trip Schedule

The ABS 2013 Field Trip schedule will be posted soon – but in the mean time – we thought we would share the NY Flora field trip schedule here as well.

NY Flora Association 2013 Field Trips

The first trip of the season will be Sunday May 5th at Nelson Swamp. This trip will also be the Annual Meeting.

Trip details: 10 am – 3 pm. Rain or shine. We will meet near Nelson Swamp in Madison County and explore this beautiful white cedar swamp with Sara Scanga, assistant professor of biology at Utica College, and learn about her research on the rare spreading globeflower, Trollius laxus. After the field trip we will meet at Ed Frantz’s house in nearby Cazenovia for a delicious lunch, a business meeting, and some fun botanical challenges. Join us for a day of learning, lunch and leisure. To register for the event so we know how many to plan for and for field trip details, email Steve Young –  nisky912 [at] or call him at 518-588-8360.


Spreading globeflower. photo courtesy CT Botanical Society

A list of the rest of the field trips for the season can be downloaded here or you can find out more on the NY Flora Association’s website.

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
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