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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 9:30 AM
Oakland Lake Park, Queens Co. NY
Trip Leader: Andrew Greller

We will walk around the lake to inspect and identify the large, old trees that cover the uplands. This is an area rich in hardwood species, such as oaks, maples, birch, hickories, ash, alder, willow and other species. If time and weather permit, we may later take a walk south along the CIP, to view the giant tuliptrees and beeches that line the trail. Meet at the lake, on 223rd St./Cloverdale Blvd., just S of Northern Blvd., in Bayside. Dress for the weather; waterproof footwear may be useful. Hand lens, camera and binoculars recommended. Bring a liquid and snack or sandwich, as desired.

A joint trip with North Shore Audubon Society

Take Cross Island Parkway, and exit at Northern Boulevard, West. The lake is one block west of the CIP, so make the first left, at 223rd Street, and park on the street near the lake.

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10 AM
Hunting for Marine Algae at Sagamore Hill NHS
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay, NY

Trip Leader: Andrew Greller

We will hike down to the shore to identify the marine algae that wash up at high tide. Pick up a guide to Marine Algae of the East Coast of North America, and bring it along to help with identification. There may be spring wildflowers out and we will look for them, as well as for the remnants of higher plants of the coastal sands. Dress for the weather; rubber boots will be useful. Bring a liquid and snacks. Hand lens may be useful. Meet at the parking lot. Extra 9 AM attraction: Sagamore Hill is offering LIBS members an early-bird first floor walk-through of Theodore Roosevelt’s home prior to the algae field trip. Entrance to the home is limited to 15 people, so if you are interested, please RSVP to Lois Lindberg.

Take either the Northern State Parkway to Exit 35N or the Long Island Expressway (I-495) to Exit 41N. At those exits, take Route 106 North for approximately 6 miles to downtown Oyster Bay. Turn right onto East Main Street (at Nobman's Hardware Store) and travel 2 miles on East Main Street/Cove Road. Turn left onto Cove Neck Road and drive 1.5 miles to Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10 AM
A Spring Walk Through Welwyn
Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Rd, Glen Cove, NY

Trip Leader: Al Lindberg, Lois Lindberg, & Lisa Synoradzki

We will explore Welwyn’s diverse habitats, from its tuliptree swamp forest, freshwater streams through the saltmarsh, and down to its sandy beach on Long Island Sound, while searching for an assortment of spring ephemerals and Long Island rarities. Rarities will include striped maple (Acer pennsylvaticum), Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra), yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) and American bladdernut (Staphylea pinnata). Dress for the weather and please bring a beverage, snacks or lunch, and sunscreen. Welwyn has been noted for its ticks so please also bring insect repellent.

From the East: Long Island Expressway to Exit 41 North – NY-106/107 N. Bear left where the two roads split to stay on Route 107N, continue for approx. 7 ½ miles into Glen Cove. Where Rte. 107 ends at the Glen Cove Fire Dept, turn right onto Brewster St. Continue for ½ mile, turn left onto Dosoris Lane. Go ¾ mile, turn left on New Woods Rd. and take it to the end. Turn right onto Crescent Beach Rd, Welwyn Preserve is the first driveway on the right. Continue along the driveway to the main parking lot. From the West: Long Island Expressway to Exit 39 North – Glen Cove Road. After 4 miles, Glen Cove Rd. merges with Route 107N. Continue north on Rte. 107 into Glen Cove and follow the above directions.

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9 AM
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Forest and Fuels Management Area/Wildfire Area

Trip Leader: Kathy Schwager

Trip is limited to 18 people.
*Registration is REQUIRED by June 14*

Field trip area
Field Trip Area

Brookhaven Lab is located in the Central Pine Barrens Region of Long Island, which has evolved over thousands of years in the presence of frequent fires. As a result, plant and animal species of the Pine Barrens have adapted to conditions created by periodic fires. A wildfire burned through a portion of the Lab site in 2012. Prescribed fire has been implemented to not only reduce fuels, but to promote forest regeneration by helping remove vegetation and leaf litter that prevent pines, oaks, and other native species from germinating. We will meet first in Building 860 for a brief introductory presentation. We will then proceed to the prescribed burn units and Crescent Bow wildfire area to look at post-fire regeneration and the differences between burned and unburned areas as well as the effects of different kinds of fire to the ecosystem. Please bring sufficient food and water, tick repellent, long pants, and appropriate footwear.

For further information and to register, please contact Kathy Schwager (kschwager@bnl.gov).

Directions to the Lab can be found at https://www.bnl.gov/maps/index.php at the bottom of the page. Specific directions to Building 860 from the front gate can be found by clicking on the “Building Locations & Custom Map Points” tab. You will be required to go through security at the front gate so please make sure you have valid identification (driver’s license or such) to present. Anyone who has not pre-registered will be turned away at the gate.

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10 AM
Shore Road to Wawapek, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Trip Leader: Jane Jackson & Amanda Furcall

Details to be announced.

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10 AM
Hempstead Plains, East Garden City, NY
Trip Leader: Steve Young

Details to be announced.

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