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

Saturday, September 23, 2023, 10:00 AM Add to Calendar
Oyster Pond, Montauk Point State Park, Suffolk Co.
Trip leader:
Vicki Bustamante

Oyster Pond is the largest and highest quality example of a coastal salt pond community in New York State. The pond lies mostly in Montauk Point State Park within a completely undeveloped watershed. Due to its proximity to the shoreline, it periodically opens to Block Island Sound by natural processes making it brackish. Oyster Pond is host to many rare and unusual plants which have adapted to survive in this habitat including Sesuvium maritimum, Chenopodium berlandieri var. macrocalycium, Eupatorium torreyanum, Eleocharis parvula, Glyceria obtusa, Polygala cruciata, Juncus brachycarpus, Limosella australis, Viburnum dentatum var. venosum, Ptilimnium capillaceum, and Carex mitchelliana.

Sturdy walking shoes/boots are recommended, preferably waterproof, as we will be navigating through some wet areas and puddles and shoreline; optional: walking sticks, binocular, water, and snack (or lunch), tick protection. Register with Vicki Bustamante (vickibustamante@gmail.com) and more details about the trip and directions to the meeting place will be sent.

Joint field trip with the New York Flora Association.

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 11:00 AM
Shu Swamp Preserve (Charles T. Church Nature Preserve), Mill Neck, Nassau Co.
Trip leader:
Virginia Dankel

Enjoy Shu Swamp’s natural beauty through an exploration of its spring ephemerals, a history of the property, and a reading or two. Space is limited, so register early with Bob Chapman (chappy516@aol.com) and more details about the trip and directions to the meeting place will be sent.

Joint field trip with the North Shore Land Alliance

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 10:00 AM
Muttontown Preserve North, Nassau County, NY .
Trip leader:
Al Lindberg

Muttontown Preserve has a rich geological history, and its knob-and-kettle topography influences the Preserve’s varied ecological communities. At the center of the northern section, the “Seven Ponds Woods” is the last remnant 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 and fields, we will view Muttontown Preserve’s persimmon Diospyros virginiana population, and look for Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana and other botanical finds along the way.

Email or call to register. 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 drink and snack or sandwich if desired. (Email: ajlindberg@optonline.net cell phone: 516-317-8837

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.

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Cunningham Park, Southeast Preserve, Queens Co.
Trip leader:
Zihao Wang (zihaowan@buffalo.edu; cell phone: 347-498-6050)

We will explore the southeastern section of Cunningham Park, where the forest is the most intact and contains interesting species such as Brachyelytrum erectum (long-awned wood grass), Lilium canadense (Canada lily), and Agrimonia gryposepala (tall hairy agrimony). The numerous vernal pools in the park will also be habitats for potentially interesting mosses and liverworts.

Meeting location: Northeastern corner of the parking lot in Cunningham Park, south of the intersection between Union Turnpike and 196th Pl. (GPS Coordinates: 40.730898, -73.773091)

Transit Directions: By public transportation: from the last stop of 7 Train at Main Street, take the Jamaica-Merrick-Blvd-bound Q17 bus and get off at 188 St/Union Tpke and walk east for 10 minutes. By car: take exit 20A from Grand Central Parkway.

Joint field trip with the North Shore Land Alliance

Saturday, October 12, 2024, 11:00 AM
Big Reed, Montauk, Suffolk Co.
Trip leader:
Vicki Bustamante (vickibustamante@gmail.com)

The Big Reed area is the jewel of the 1,100-acre Montauk County Park and host to many rare and unusual plants. The hike will pass through some vulnerable ecological communities including a red maple–blackgum swamp, coastal oak-hickory forest and a coastal oak-beech forest. We will overlook Big Reed pond, a pristine 57-acre coastal plain pond without a house, building or road in sight. The area was the last ancestral home of the Montaukett tribe. We will be on the lookout for interesting plants and birds along the way.

Register with Vicki Bustamante (vickibustamante@gmail.com) and more details about the trip and directions to the meeting place will be sent.

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