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Friday, October 2, 2015

October 15th Meeting, "Pollination: a many faceted and variable relationship between plants and animals."

by Mike Slater (Muhlenberg Club V.P.) 

Mike will present a program about pollination. Using his own pictures and video clips to illustrate various aspects of the relationship between plants and animals focusing on some unusual and unexpected mechanisms.
Bombus pennsylvanicus (American Bumble bee) approaching an Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) Grayson County Texas, October 2014
Bombus pennsylvanicus (American Bumble bee) approaching an Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) Grayson County Texas, October 2014

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Muhlenberg Bulletin for September 2015 is online

The September 2015 Muhlenberg Bulletin is up online listing the upcoming meetings and There are no field trips scheduled for this Fall. If you have suggestions and/or would like to lead a field trip please contact Joan King or Mike Slater.



 The next meeting is

 Thursday, September 17: 

Member’s meeting and plant exchange.
Bring slides or other photos to share, as well as copies of old magazines, and, of course, plants to exchange. Although the focus is on native plants, others are also welcome. Take home more than you brought! New members are always encouraged to help themselves, whether or not they have brought any plants. Remember that we need to keep the Kinsey Room neat and tidy so we will be welcome in the future.

  • Note: Our Meetings are held at 7:00 on the third Thursday of the month in the Fred Kinsey Room, North Museum. Enter through the back door in the parking lot; knock loudly, or ring the bell if the door is locked. Meetings are open to the public, so feel free to invite guests!

Monday, February 2, 2015

The January 2015 Edition of the Muhlenberg Bulletin is up on line.
The program at the first Meeting of the year will be


Thursday, February 19
 “Succession vs. Invasion.” by Professor Kathryn Flinn,

Prof. Flinn is a visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at F&M. She will speak about the possibility that succession may reduce diversity more than invasion. She will concentrate on plant diversity and composition patterns in serpentine savannas and woodlands in the State Line serpentine barrens of southeast Pennsylvania. 
New Texas Serpentine Barrens, photo by Mike Slater


 Meetings are held at 7:00 on the third Thursday of the month
 in the Fred Kinsey Room, North Museum. 
Enter through the back door in the parking lot; 
knock loudly, or ring the bell if the door is locked.
 Meetings are open to the public, so feel free to invite guests!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Moss Walk at French Creek State Park - October 4th starting at 1 pm

Dr. Susan Munch lead a moss walk for the Muhlenberg Botanic Club and friends at Six Penny Trail
French Creek State Park on Oct. 4, 2014.

List of Bryophytes observed:

Liverworts

  1. Bazzania trilobata
  2. and most likely a Chiloscyphus sp. (with tiny 2 or 3 toothed leaves).  
  3. Jubula pennsylvanica (with tiny round leaves),
  4.  Pellia epiphylla

Mosses

  1.  Sphagnum sp.
  2.  Atrichum undulatum (and most likely angustatum also)
  3. Aulocomium palustre
  4. Dicranum scoparium
  5. Dicranum sp.
  6. Entodon cladorrhizans
  7. Fissidens sp. 
  8. Fontinalis sp.
  9. Hedwigia ciliate
  10. Hypnum imponens
  11. Leucobryum sp.
  12. Mnium cuspidatum, 
  13. M. affine 
  14. M. punctatum
  15. Polytrichum commune 
  16. P. ohioense,
  17. Thuidium delicatulum

About French Creek State Park: 
Once an industrial complex for the fledgling United State of America, today French Creek State Park is an oasis for people and wildlife. Straddling the Schuylkill Highlands, the 7,730-acre park is the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City. The forests, lakes, wetlands and fields are a destination for the people of southeast Pennsylvania to hike, fish, camp and bike.

Directions from Lancaster:
1. Slight right to stay on PA-272 N, 0.5 mi
2. Take the ramp onto US-222 N/U.S. 30 E, 0.2 mi
3. Merge onto US-222 N/U.S. 30 E, 0.3 mi
4. Keep right to continue on US-222 N, 15.7 mi
5. Take the exit toward I-76/PA-272/Denver/Pennsylvania Turnpike, 0.2 mi
6. Turn right onto State Rte. 1040; Partial toll road, 0.7 mi
7. Keep right at the fork and merge onto I-76 E. Partial toll road, 12.0 mi
8. Take exit 298 to merge onto I-176 N toward PA-10/Morgantown/Reading. Toll road, 0.5 mi
9. Take exit 1A for PA-10 N toward Beckersville, Toll road.
11 Turn right onto PA-10 N/Morgantown Rd, 0.5 m
12. Take the 3rd right onto Joanna Rd, 0.9 mi
13. Turn right onto Elverson Rd, 0.5 mi
14. Take the 1st left onto Twin Valley Rd, 0.6 mi
15. Continue onto Hay Creek Rd, 2.3 mi
 10. Take Hay Creek Rd to Geigertown Rd in Union, 8.2 mi

11. Turn right onto Geigertown Rd. Proceed @ 2.3 miles. Parking area is on right. The parking area is about 0.10 mile from Rte. 345. It is within sight of the intersection of Geigerstown Rd. and Rte. 345.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer 2014 Walks

Schedule of walks for summer 2014 by the Muhlenberg Botanic Society

Muhlenberg Botanical Society walk list, summer 2014


July 12                   Muhlenberg Meadow located in the Lancaster County Central Park.
Lancaster, Pa.  Starting at 1 PM. Combined walk with the Sierra Club.
N 40.00.769 W 76.17.098
Started in 1991, this restoration project spearheaded by Tim Draude and the Muhlenberg Botanical Society has expanded to five acres. Come and view the wide array of field flowers and what techniques worked and didn’t work in turning a cornfield into a dazzling native ecosystem.
                From Lancaster, go south on Rte. 222/272 for about 0.5 miles past the point where the north and south lanes rejoin. Turn left onto Golf Rd. and go about 0.6 miles to the intersection with Exhibit Farm Rd The parking area is a few hundred feet past Exhibit Farm Rd. on the right hand side. The sign for the meadow is up against the tree line and not easily visible from the road. Park on the grass in front of the sign.

Aug 16                  Soldier’s Delight Serpentine Barren, start time 10:00 AM, meet at the visitor’s center.
                                Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
5100 Deer Park Road
Owings Mills MD 21117
Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area (NEA) is comprised of 1,900 acres of serpentine barren. The area has over 39 rare, threatened, or endangered plant species as well as rare insects, rocks and minerals. Rare grassland plant species are threatened by invasion of Virginia Pines. Currently, a five year effort of removing 1,000 acres of pines and prescribed burning are underway to return the area to natural serpentine habitat.

Sept 13                 Lock 12 Historic Area, Starting at 1 PM
                                Combined walk with Philadelphia Botany Club.
                                Lock 12 is a scour zone habitat on the lower Susquehanna River. This open, rocky area plays host to a mix of species from north, south, east and west. Coastal plain plants are here and remnant prairie species too. Southern plants find their work their way north through the wide, shallow river way.
Boltonia asteroides is here, down in the river bed with Physostegia virginiana. Lathyrus venosus and Solidago simplex ssp. Randii var. racemosa are high up on the rocks. Hypericum pyramidatum works its way down from the north and Chionanthus virginicus meets it coming up from the south. Liatris spicata is growing out on the islands and Rhododendron arborescens finds a home here too.

From Lancaster: Take Route 272 south to Buck, turn right onto Route 372. Take 372 west for about 7 miles. Cross the Norman Wood Bridge. Take the first right turn, McCalls Ferry Rd. The entrance to the parking lot is immediately on your right. Meet in the lower parking lot.


From York: Take Route 74 south. Turn left onto Route 372 and go about two miles. Turn left onto McCalls Ferry Rd. just before crossing the Susquehanna River. The entrance to the parking lot is immediately on your right. Meet in the lower parking lot.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A public Shenk's Ferry Wild flower walk on April 19th, Led by Muhlenberg Botanic Society President Joan King

Saturday April 19  at 1:00 PM
Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve
Thousands of trilliums and Mertensia, and rich woods ephemerals.
Open to the public, walk rating: easy.
Parking is limited, carpool if you can.
Parking area GPS: N 39.89317 W 76.34204

Directions
  • From the north:
    • Starting at Willow Street, Lancaster County, PA
    • From the intersection of Rte. 272 & 741 in Willow Street, go 4.5 miles to Pennsy Rd.
    • Turn right onto Pennsy Rd. and go 3.5 miles to Rte. 324.
    • Go left (straight) onto Rte. 324 south and go 1.2 miles to River Rd.
    • Turn right (NOT LEFT) onto River Rd. and go 2.1 miles & turn left onto Shenks Ferry Rd.
    • go 1.2 miles & turn left onto Green Hill Rd.
    • Go  0.8 miles down the paved road, becoming a gravel road to the parking area next to Grubb Run.



  • From the south:
    • At the intersection of 272 & 372 at the Buck in Lancaster County, PA, go north 4.3 miles to Pennsy Rd.
    • Turn right onto Pennsy Rd. and go 3.5 miles to Rte. 324.
    • Go left (straight) onto Rte. 324 south and go 1.2 miles to River Rd.
    • Turn right (NOT LEFT) onto River Rd. and go 2.1 miles & turn left onto Shenks Ferry Rd.
    • Go 1.2 miles & turn left onto Green Hill Rd.
    • Go  0.8 miles down the paved road, becoming s gravel road to the parking area next to Grubb Run.
a PDF of Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve's Brochure is here.