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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Muhlenberg Botanic Club Newsletter 8/27/07

Muhlenberg Bulletin

Volume 27 8 /27 / 2007 Number 1


c/o The North Museum; 400 College Ave.; Lancaster, Pa. 17603

President: Mike Slater (6100775-3757)

Vice Pres: Joan King (717-284-5239)

Secretary and Newsletter Editor: Ruthann Richards (717-872-7574)

Treasurer: John Wolff (717-569-6955) Kathy Tyson

Board Members: Cathy Cholmeley-Jones, Matt Dilley, Tim Draude and Ray Uhlig


As a start to my tenure as President, I am taking over the e-mail and website duties that John Wolff has done so ably for so long. I have put the Muhlenberg Botanical Society Falmouth/Conoy Park Trip's plant list and some notes from last Sunday's Lancaster Meadow walk on my Blog, where I also put some pictures from the trips.

Even if a Muhlenberg posting isn't the latest posting you see on the Blog (short for Web Log), you can find Muhlenberg items via the link in the "Labels List" on the left-hand side. The "Blog Archives Postings List" link also has recent postings listed by title. I put on labels when a posting goes up; they are key words designed to help find posts by subject.

I will also be posting other information in the future like the meetings and trip schedules. Input by members is welcome, especially plant information and pictures (please don't e-mail me pictures bigger than 75K or so, as we are still on dial up!). You are welcome to add comments to postings via the link at the bottom. I would be happy to talk to anyone interested in starting his/her own Blog; it is easy and free.

Mike Slater


MEETINGS are held at 7:30 on the third Thursday of the month in the Fred Kinsey Room, North Museum (College and Buchanan Aves.). 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!

September 20: Annual Fall Plant Exchange: Bring plants and other plant-related materials to exchange, as well as slides to show. John Wolff has informed us that we now have a digital projector at our disposal for anyone who has digital pictures to show (native resolution: 1024 x 768).

October 18: Mike Slater, "Mountain Wildflowers of Utah." Mike, our new president, will show slides of alpine and sub-alpine wildflowers, ferns and beautiful mountain scenery in the Wasatch Mountains and the Uinta Mountains of Northern Utah. He and Jan spent time there in July, 1996, and July, 2006. He will also include slides of plants, flowers and rock formations in Southern Utah, where they visited Red Canyon, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon. (This talk was originally scheduled for last February, but cancelled due to inclement weather.)

November 15: Fred Habegger: "Meadow Wanderings." Fred will talk about his meanderings through the meadows of Lancaster Co. and show slides of the plants and animals found there (including butterflies!).


September 22, Saturday: Nottingham County Park, 150 Park Road, Nottingham, PA 19362 (610-932-2589); 10:00 a.m.

This 651-acre park sits atop an out-cropping of serpentine stone greater than one square mile, making it one of the largest serpentine barrens on the East Coast. The trip consists of a long walk in and out, so be prepared to carry your lunch to eat on the trail.

Directions:The park is located 4 miles south of Oxford off Rt. 1 bypass in southwestern Chester Co. Go into the park entrance, turn right, and meet at pavilion 6. Trail rating: moderate in difficulty. Leader: Tim Draude (717-393-7233).

October 7, Sunday: State Game Lands 156 and Penryn; 10:00 a.m.

We will examine this poor soil plant community, which will hopefully include fringed gentians. After lunch we will walk in the Penryn powercut, looking for asters and goldenrods. Trail rating for the power cut: moderate, about 1 mile in length.

Directions: At the intersection of Rts. 501 and 322, turn left (west) onto 322 and travel approximately 3 miles; meet at the parking lot on the left along Rt. 322. Be aware that the lower entrance to the lot is blocked off. Leader: TBA

MEMBERSHIP DUES are now payable. They are $10.00 per household. New members who paid within the last 6 months need not pay again until September, 2008. If you would like to be contacted by e-mail for occasional spontaneous work days, plant “rescues,” or similar events, please include your e-mail address. At the bottom of the form, please include comments or suggestions for field trips, meetings, or topics you might like to see added to the newsletters.

Bring this form to the September meeting or mail it with your dues to

John Wolff

2640 Breezewood Dr.

Lancaster, PA 17601-4804



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