Water Willow (Decodon verticillatus)
Photo courtesy of Donald J. House

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 AM
Spring Wildflowers in the Northwest Woods
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx Co., NY

Trip Leaders: Kristine Wallstrom & Tom Fiore

We hope that this is a well-timed weekend for early spring wildflowers in bloom. We will walk on the mostly level John Muir Trail starting in the Northwest Woods into the Croton Woods, and returning to the Rockwood Circle where there are bathrooms, near the horse stable parking lot. If bringing a bag lunch, one can eat here, or drive to the lovely gardens of Wave Hill on the Hudson, 10 minutes by car.

Please bring lunch/snack, sunscreen and water.

Please contact Kristine by e-mail to register for the walk.

Directions: From the Major Deegan Expressway (87) to Exit 11, drive down to Broadway (Rte 9) and drive north on B’way, to Mosholu Ave at a traffic light (Horse Stables) make a right and park at the stables. By subway, take the #1 train to its end at 242nd St & B’way, walk north on B’way (~1 mile) to the horse stables on the right, B’way and Mosholu Ave.

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY
Trip Leaders: Susan Antenen and Paula Sharp (Wild Bee Photographer)

Please meet at the entrance to Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY. There is a $6.00 parking fee unless you have an Empire Pass. The walk will leave from the entrance down to Swan Lake to Peaceful Path, and then around the lake. We’ll see common spring wildflowers, the leaders will talk about the park preserves efforts to conserve wildflowers and wild bees.

Please bring lunch/snack, sunscreen and water. After the walk, if the group wants to further explore the park preserve, the leaders will point us in some promising directions.

To register contact Al Lindberg by email or at 516-686-6649.

Directions: Rockefeller State Park Preserve can be located on Google Maps.

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:30 AM
Sherwood Jayne Farm Preserve, 55 Old Post Rd, East Setauket, NY
Trip Leader: Enrico Nardone, Seatuck Environmental Assn.

Join Seatuck Environmental Assn., as we explore the beautiful rolling forests of the Sherwood Jayne Farm. The property, which is owned by the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquity (SPLIA), features a variety of forest types and hosts a diversity of wildlife. We’ll also search for American Chestnut tree sprouts and discuss the work underway to save and restore these former forest giants.

Please bring lunch/snack, sunscreen, insect repellent and water.

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 10:00 AM
Joint Field Meeting with the Olive Natural Heritage Society
Pacama Vly, Krumville, Ulster County, NY

Trip Leader: Uli Lorimer and Paul Harwood

For further information on this trip please go to the Torrey Botanical Society website at www.torreybotanical.org/field-trips/.
Co-listed with the Torrey Botanical Society

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:00 AM
Calverton & Manorville sites: sandy roadsides, abandoned cranberry farms, and coastal plain ponds Suffolk County, NY
Trip Leader: Eric Lamont

We will see a variety of plants native to dry, sandy soils as well as wetland species including carnivorous plants and maybe an orchid or two. We will visit one or two coastal plain ponds but high water levels from this year’s wet spring may limit the number of species.

Bring water, lunch/snack, insect repellent and sunscreen.  The only bathroom facilities at lunch are the bushes.  For more information or to register for the walk please contact Eric by email the week before the walk.  Please contact Eric by email if torrential rain showers are predicted.  For the day of the field trip, Eric’s cell phone number is 631-235-7641.

Directions: Meet at the McDonald’s, exit 70 on the LIE (495). Take Route 111 south ¼ mile to the McDonald’s and we will proceed to the first site.

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
Beach Botany at Jones Beach
Jones Beach State Park, Nassau County, NY

Trip Leaders: Steve Young and Mike Feder

Long Island’s beaches have a flora unique to the state, and what better place to learn it than the most famous beach in New York. Jones Beach has a diversity of habitats from the open beach with rare plants like seabeach amaranth and seabeach knotweed, to dunes, back dunes, and interdunal swales where a wide variety of herbs, shrubs and trees, common and rare, survive at the mercy of the shifting sands. Join leaders Steve Young from the NY Flora Association and Mike Feder from the Long Island Botanical Society for a look at this interesting ecosystem.

Please bring a lunch, water, sunscreen and insect repellent.

If you plan to attend and for trip details, contact Steve Young by at 518-588-8360 or by email.
Co-sponsored by NYFA & LIBS

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:00 AM
Mount Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island, NY
Trip Leaders: Ray Matarazzo and Will Lenihan

For further information on this trip please go to the Torrey Botanical Society website at www.torreybotanical.org/field-trips/.
Co-listed with the Torrey Botanical Society

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10:00 AM
TNC Mashomack Grassland, The Nature Conservancy Visitor Center, 79 South Ferry Road,
Shelter Island, Suffolk County, NY

Trip Leaders: Clara Holm (LINPI Board Member and Seed Collection Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank, Green Belt Native Plant Center, Staten Island, NY), Uli Lorimer (Torrey Botanical Society and Native Plant Curator, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY)

The Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Long Island Botanical Society, and Torrey Botanical Society are teaming up to host a fall botanical hike through the grasslands at The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve. The day's botanical journey will begin at the Visitor Center and will traverse a wide diversity of coastal and upland ecological communities en-route to the extensive grasslands within the core of the preserve. Fall is the perfect opportunity to examine, experience, and botanize the unique grassland-dependent flora, as the native grasses and herbs will be at peak bloom, exemplifying the splendor and beautiful vistas of Mashomack’s grasslands. Fall migration may also provide the opportunity to catch glimpses of more uncommon wildlife during this stroll through one of the region’s most beautiful preserves

Please bring lunch, sunscreen, tick/insect repellent, water and wear long pants and sturdy footwear. Please provide yourself extra time for travel by ferry.

To register, please visit: https://mashomackgrasslandbotanicalhike.eventbrite.com.
Note that registration is required and limited, so register early!

From South Ferry, Greenport: Take Route 114 North for 1 mile to The Nature Conservancy Visitor Center (right hand side of road).
From North Ferry, Noyak: Take Summerfield Place (0.1 mile) off the ferry, turn right on Grand Ave S. (0.3 mile), and left onto Chase Ave. S. (0.1 mile) through Shelter Island Heights, which will naturally transition into Rt. 114S. Stay on Rt. 114S (North Ferry Rd), traveling through Village of Shelter Island to small traffic circle. Take the third exit off the traffic circle, staying on Route 114S. (South Ferry Road). The Nature Conservancy Visitor Center (79 South Ferry Road) will be 0.4 mile south of traffic circle on the left side of the road.
Co-sponsored by LINPI, LIBS & Torrey Botanical Society

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00 AM
Caumsett State Historical Park Preserve Grassland Restoration Site, Suffolk County, NY
Trip Leader: Sue Feustel, The Caumsett Environmental Chairperson

In 2010 the Caumsett Foundation and NYS Parks Regional Environmental Office initiated a project to remove invasive plants on a 30-acre site and remediate it with native grasses and wildflowers. This five-year project commencing in 2011 began by plowing and disking the site during the summer months and continued until May of 2015 when almost 400 lbs of native grasses and wildflowers were planted. Now in its third growing season, October is a perfect time to view the restoration site, which attracts migrating birds and butterflies. We will walk the perimeter of the site and then venture within the grassland to get a closer look at the vegetation. After visiting the restoration site we will turn our attention to the managed Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly area, which is adjacent to the grassland restoration site.

A detailed account of the grassland restoration site is being developed on the Caumsettprojects.org web page. This site is now “live” and I encourage you to visit it.

Please bring water/snack, tick/insect repellent and wear long pants and sturdy footwear. If you plan to attend and need more details, contact Sue Feustel at suefeustel@optonline.net

Caumsett State Park is located on Lloyd Neck in Huntington. Take West Neck Road north from 25A (Main St.) in Huntington Village. Continue north on West Neck Road driving over the causeway. At this point the road becomes Lloyd Harbor Lane. The park entrance will be on the left after Lloyd Lane. A parking fee of $8 will be in effect, unless you have a NYS Empire Pass. Meet by the visitor kiosk near the tollbooth.