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

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, 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


Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 AM
Muttontown Preserve North, Nassau County, NY
Trip leader: Al Lindberg (alindberg@optonline.net)

The Seven Ponds Woods

At the center of Muttontown Preserve North, the Seven Ponds Woods are the last remnants of pro-glacial “Lake Muttontown” which was locked between the Harbor Hill Terminal Moraine and the retreating Harbor Hill ice sheet. Once part of the H.I. Hudson Estate, this area has been recognized as a significant wetlands since 1916. While exploring the woodlands, we will view one of Muttontown Preserve’s two persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) populations, and look for Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), and whatever else we find along the way. We will meet at The Bill Paterson Nature Center. Dress for the weather, waterproof footwear may be useful. Hand lens, camera and binoculars are recommended. Bring a liquid and snack or sandwich, as desired.

Directions: The Bill Paterson Nature Center is located at the end of Muttontown Lane south of Northern Blvd. (Rte 25A) in East Norwich. From the Long Island Expressway take Exit 41 North (Rte 106) to East Norwich, make a left on Northern Blvd (25A) for one block to Muttontown Lane. Turn left (south), the road ends at the Nature Center Parking Area.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10:00 AM Add to Calendar
Brentwood Campus the Sisters of St. Joseph, Suffolk County NY
Trip leader: Amanda Furcall (furcall@csjbrentwood.org), Bill Jacobs, and Lindsay Charlop

On the 212-acre Brentwood campus, the Sisters of St. Joseph endeavor to be a model of ecological sustainability by using solar energy and converting lawns into meadows, farmland and rain gardens. Join us for a tranquil walk through the Pitch Pine-Oak-Heath woodlands, a rare quality habitat in Western Suffolk County.

To contact Amanda the day of the trip call 631-320- 8240.

Directions: Meet at Thera Farm Stand, 1705 Brentwood Rd, NY 11717 at the corner of Brentwood Rd. and Commack Rd. Park in the farm stand gravel parking lot.

From the Southern State Parkway, take exit 43N, go north on Commack Rd, at the end make the right onto Brentwood Rd. and the entrance will be immediately on your right.

From the Expressway take exit 55 to Fulton St, follow it to the end and make the right onto Suffolk Ave. In one mile turn left onto Brentwood Rd, in less than a mile you’ll see the large entrance gates on your left.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Saturday, June 5, 2021, 9:00 AM Add to Calendar
Forest Park, Queens County, NY
Trip leader: Michael Feder (mdfeder2001@yahoo.com)

Designed by Frederick Olmsted in the 1890s, Forest Park is the third largest park in Queens. We will visit some oddball plant populations as we walk through the Northeast section of this park. The walk will last approximately 3 hours.

Directions will be provided upon registration.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


June 17–24, 2021 (date to be determined; a warm, sunny day)12 Noon
Caumsett State Historic Park, Lloyd Neck, Suffolk County

RICH KELLY DAY AT CAUMSETT

We will gather in memory of Rich Kelly and count butterflies.

If you are interested in attending this special event please email Sue Feustel (suefeustel@optonline.net) and you will receive more details.

For background info, see
1) the web page: caumsettprojects.org (it includes information/photos on the Baltimore Checkerspot population at Caumsett) and
2) Volume 30, p. 10 of the LIBS Newsletter (2020): “Rich Kelly and the Baltimore Checkerspot Success Story” by Sue and Ken Feustel.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Saturday, July 17, 2021, 10:00 AM
Carll’s River Botanical Garden at Geiger Park, Deer Park, NY
Trip leader: Jenny Ulsheimer (julsheimer1@optimum.net)

Tour will include an explanation about the redevelopment of the site and the re-creation of the red maple swamp, wetland and flood plain for the Carll’s River. The tour will also show the original wetland that contains Pyrola americana, Chimaphila maculata, Clethra alnifolia, Vaccinium corybosum, and Alnus incana. The trip will conclude with a tour of the botanical garden aspect of the site and the future development to come.

Directions:
From the LIE—Exit 51 south—Deer Park Ave, Rte. 231. Make a right on to Grand Blvd and continue to make a right onto 23rd Street where you will see a parking lot on your left.
From Southern State Parkway or Sunrise Hwy—go north on Deer Park Ave, Rte. 231 to Grand Blvd., make a left and continue to 23rd Street where you will make a right and you will see the parking lot on your left.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Saturday, August 7, 2021, 9:00 AM–10:30 AM Add to Calendar
Hallock State Park Preserve, Riverhead, Suffolk County, NY
Trip leader: MaryLaura Lamont (marylaura.lamont@parks.ny.gov, 631-315-5475)

The “Bad Plant” Walk!

Invasive plant species are taking over native habitats and eliminating native plants and animals. Learn, identify, and observe the many different kinds of “bad plants” that grow in the Preserve. Roundtrip walk along the trail will be about 1 mile.

Rain cancels the program.

Directions: Meeting place is the entrance to Hallock State Park Preserve: 6062 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901. Parking fee is $8.00.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Saturday, August 28, 2021, 9:00 AM–10:30 AM Add to Calendar
Hallock State Park Preserve, Riverhead, Suffolk County, NY
Trip leader: MaryLaura Lamont (marylaura.lamont@parks.ny.gov, 631-315-5475)

A Great Wildflower Garden with Butterflies

The wildflower garden at Hallock State Park Preserve was planted in 2020 and has done extremely well. It has attracted many pollinators such as butterflies and various species of bees. Observe and learn about the different species of Long Island native wildflowers that were planted, why they were chosen, and why it is important to plant native flowers. Observe and learn about some beautiful butterflies as well!

Rain cancels the program.

Directions: Meeting place is the entrance to Hallock State Park Preserve: 6062 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901. Parking fee is $8.00.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Thursday, September 9, 2021, 11:00 AM–2:00 PM Add to Calendar
Big Reed, Montauk County Park, Suffolk County, NY
Trip leader: Vicki Bustamante (vickibustamante@gmail.com, 631-747-8273)

This walk has been recently coined “The Montauk Miracle Mile” due to the many rarities in a one-mile stretch along Big Reed Pond which is flanked by a fresh water shallow emergent marsh and a high salt marsh/salt shrub community. Over twenty S1–S3 state ranked plants can be seen including Coleataenia anceps ssp. anceps, Cyperus flavescens, Edrastima uniflora, Hydrocotyle verticillata var. verticillata, Eupatorium torreyanum, and Eleocharis ambigens.

Special instructions: Ticks are a special concern and sometimes mosquitos. Come prepared—boots, tick spray, tick clothing, gators. Plan to bring water, lunch and/or snack, and sunscreen. Note: there are no bathrooms in the park, it is recommended to allow for time to stop in downtown Montauk beforehand and find one of the public bathrooms in town (Kirk Park ball field, one behind Fort Pond Native Nursery, one attached to the Montauk Police sub-station, one before Gosman’s Dock, also a couple at the public beaches).

Directions: Take route 27 (Montauk Highway) through the Hamptons into Montauk. Pass straight through town continuing east toward the lighthouse a few miles (~4). Turn left (north) onto East Lake Drive. (Don’t make the mistake of turning too soon onto West Lake Drive!) Follow ~2 miles north, see sign for the Big Reed Nature Area on right, follow short dirt drive into parking lot. If you come to the airport you’ve gone too far.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


Saturday, September 18, 2021, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
Tobay and Cedar Beaches, Suffolk County, NY
Trip leader: Steve Young (sign up: https://nyflora.org/events-directory)

Jones Beach Island Rare Plants and Cyperus

We will start out at the Kennedy Nature Preserve just west of the Tobay Beach parking field to look for an old occurrence of Pseudolycopodiella caroliniana, a very rare lycopod, then head down to Cedar Beach to take a look at the federally threatened seabeach amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus). Along with other beach plants, we will focus on the identification of Cyperus species we find at both places.

There is a limit of 20 people for the trip so please fill out the registration form at https://nyflora.org/events-directory/ and we will send you more details about the trip and the meeting place. If you have any questions about the trip before registering, contact events@nyflora.org.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.

Joint field trip with the NY Flora Association.


Saturday, October 2, 2021, 9:00 AM–2:00 PM Add to Calendar
Greentree, Nassau County, NY

Trip leaders: Stéphane Perreault (sperreault@greentreefdn.org, cell: 516-423-0947), Jim Stevenson-Mathews

Expect to walk 4–5 miles on the 400-acre property. The primary habitat at Greentree is a mature broadleaf deciduous forest, covering 180 acres. The primary canopy trees are Red Oak, Black Oak, American Beech, Tulip Tree, and Sweet Birch, but there is a nice diversity of tree species. The forest is heavily infested with Winged Euonymus and Norway Maple, and features the usual plethora of invasive species. The biodiversity in the forest has not been well characterized, but it includes Mapleleaf Viburnum and Strawberry Bush. Areas with very moist soils showcase American Witch-Hazel, American Hornbeam, Sweet Pepperbush, High-Bush Blueberry, American Sweetgum, and at least 8 species of ferns. The property features 4 species of native parasitic plants, of which only Beechdrops will be in flower during the trip. There are 50 acres of meadows and grass areas at Greentree, of which only a few acres grew from native seed banks. Native species include Nodding Ladies’ Tresses, Seedbox, Virginia Meadowbeauty, White Turtlehead, Green Milkweed, Golden Asters, and New York Ironweed. There will be few flowers left at that date. The former Whitney Estate showcases well-maintained ornamental trees, a chestnut arboretum, and several gardens.

Special instructions: Poison ivy is abundant and deer ticks are present. Bring snacks. There will be short breaks, but no lunch. No bathroom available.

Directions: 220 Community Drive, Manhasset, Nassau County. The only access is from Community Drive, regardless of what your GPS device might tell you. Take Community Drive from the LIE service Road (exit 33 East Bound, exit 33 or 34 Westbound). Entrance is on Community Drive immediately after the hospital, on the right side as you go downhill. The correct entrance is the one with the somewhat inconspicuous “Greentree Foundation” signs. Take the driveway to the security gate. Only those registered will be admitted on the property. Registration is limited to 10 LIBS members. Contact Stéphane Perreault

Due to Covid-19 protocols, registration is limited and required on all trips; please contact the Trip Leader for information and to pre-register.


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