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

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.

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.

June 16, 2018 (Saturday) 9:00 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*

1 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.

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.

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


Other Field Trips to Look Forward To:

July 14, 2018 (Saturday) 10:00 AM
Shore Road to Wawapek, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Trip Leaders: Jane Jackson & Amanda Furcall

September 8, 2018 (Saturday) 10 AM
Hempstead Plains, East Garden City, NY (Co-Sponsored with NYFA)

Trip Leader: Steve Young