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.  

 

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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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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.

Watch Michael Kudish’s Talk on ADK First Growth Forests

Paul Smith’s College Prof. Emeritus Michael Kudish discusses Adirondack first growth forests in this April 2012 lecture on campus. The college’s School of Natural Resource Management and Ecology and the student chapter of the Society of American Foresters sponsored his lecture.  The talk runs 1hr 47 min.

 

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