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

Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:30 AM
Spring Ephemerals at Charles T. Church (Shu Swamp) Nature Preserve, Mill Neck, Nassau County, NY
Trip Leaders: Lois Lindberg & Tom Hornosky

The Charles T. Church Nature Preserve is more familiarly known as Shu Swamp. It is the jewel of several properties owned by the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc., tracing its origins back to 1929. The small but beautiful Shu Swamp Preserve features freshwater wetlands fed by springs and seeps, as well as an upland oak/beech/tulip forest. Spring ephemeral wildflowers and ferns, as well as migrating birds, are plentiful on the wooded trails along Beaver Brook. The entrance is on Frost Mill Road south
of the LIRR overpass.

Directions: From Route 25A, take Route 106 north to Oyster Bay. Turn left onto Lexington Ave, then another left onto West Main St. Directly after Mill Pond (on your left), bear left to go uphill on Mill Hill Road. Turn right on Beaver Brook Road, which becomes Frost Mill Road. Shu Swamp is on the left, just before the railroad trestle.

For links to field trips conducted by other botanical societies in the mid-Atlantic states and southern New England see Botanic Field Trips.