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

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00 AM
North Fork Preserve, Northville, Suffolk County, NY
Trip leader: Eric Lamont

Old Growth Forest/Natural Communities

Nestled among the gentle hills of the Harbor Hill Moraine on Long Island’s North Fork is an old growth forest that has not changed much in hundreds of years. The forest is full of swamps and steep slopes making the land unsuitable for farming. The original forest was cut down in the 1700s but the soil was never turned over and farmed. A second growth forest sprung up and today many of the old swamp white oak trees (Quercus bicolor) are 150–250 years old.

Participants will be introduced to the natural history of North Fork Preserve’s old growth forest, freshwater wetlands, and other ecological communities. Approx. 2 miles of easy walking mostly on wide trails. Registration required.

To sign-up, email Eric Lamont and more information will be provided including the meeting place. [Email: elamont@optonline.net]

Joint trip with the North Shore Land Alliance

LIBS Board approved the following safety protocols for field trips:

For field trips, you MUST:
• Register for the trip. Registration will be limited, so don’t assume there is room for you unless the trip leader tells you. If you register and become unable to attend, please cancel so someone else can take your place.
• Wear a face covering for the duration of the trip.
• Try to “socially distance” yourself from other trip participants.

Hope to see you in the field on beautiful Long Island in autumn.

Sunday, September 27, 2020, 10:00 AM
Ashley Schiff Preserve, Stony Brook University, Suffolk County NY
Trip leader: : Sue Avery (suea483@gmail.com) & Andy Greller (agreller2@optonline.net)

Sue & Andy will guide us through this 26-acre preserve on the Stony Brook University campus searching for fall composites. Located on the Harbor Hill Moraine, the preserve features 75 plant species including trailing arbutus, Lycopodium sp., mountain laurel, spotted wintergreen, and partridge berry, all native to the deciduous forest.

Directions: We will meet at the Ashley Schiff Preserve kiosk, which is situated on Circle Road. There is a visitor parking lot, free on weekends, also on Circle Road next to the Life Sciences building. https://goo.gl/maps/n6zaH43pMXxJr4Ci7

Registration is required at suea483@gmail.com. The field trip is limited to 10 participants, who must wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.


Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00 AM Add to Calendar
Cranberry Bog Preserve, Lake Ave., Riverhead, Suffolk County, NY
Trip leader: Andy Greller (agreller2@optonline.net)

Andy has been leading trips to this botanical gem for more than 50 years.

Directions: Meet at the entrance to Cranberry Bog Preserve on Lake Ave. (Route 63), approx. 1.1 miles south of the Riverhead traffic circle (the traffic circle south of Peconic River; there are two traffic circles in Riverhead).

Registration is required at agreller2@optonline.net. The field trip is limited to 10 participants, who must wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.


Sunday, November 8, 2020, 10:00 AM Add to Calendar
Oakland Lake, Queens County, NY
Trip leader: Andy Greller (agreller2@optonline.net), Ian Resnick, and Nancy Tognan

Directions and other info will be emailed after registration.

Registration is required at agreller2@optonline.net. The field trip is limited to 10 participants, who must wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

Joint field trip with Queens County Bird Club

Sunday, February 21, 2021, 10:00 AM
North Fork Preserve, Northville, Suffolk County, NY
Trip leader: Eric Lamont

Old Growth Forest/Successional Fields

This trip to North Fork Preserve will include walks through areas not previously covered on past LIBS field trips to this site. We will visit the old growth forest and associated old growth ponds (with ancient groves of buttonbush) in the undulating Harbor Hill Moraine, and focus on winter tree and shrub identification. We will also walk down the south slope of the moraine onto the outwash plain where we will investigate successional fields and shrublands. Approximately 2 miles of easy walking on wide trails.

To sign-up, email Eric Lamont and more information will be provided including the meeting place. [Email: elamont@optonline.net]

The field trip is limited to 10 participants, who must wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

Joint trip with the North Shore Land Alliance

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