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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Muhlenberg Botanic Society Upcoming Field Trips - Spring 2009


The following is the Field trip schedule through June 2009

List of trips. See below for more deatail and directions.
  1. Saturday, April 18: Trout Run Nature Preserve 10:00 AM
  2. Sunday, April 19, 2009 1:00 PM FIELD TRIP the Mengel Natural History Club State Game Lands #52
  3. Saturday, May 9: Walnut Run 10:00 AM
  4. Saturday, June 13: Goat Hill 10:00 AM
Details of the 2009 SPRING FIELD TRIPS:
For those whose obligations do not allow them to participate for the entire day in the case of all-day field trips, you are welcome to join us for just the morning half (or the afternoon half, if that can be arranged). For all-day trips, bring a bag lunch.

Saturday, April 18: Trout Run Nature Preserve 10:00 AM
Located in Martic Township, Trout Run is a 123-acre nature preserve comprised of mature forested areas and the Trout Run stream corridor.

From Lancaster City, take PA Route 272 (Willow Street Pike) south through Willow Street to Smithville. Just past Frey's Evergreen Plantation on the left and before the large stone arch railroad bridge over the highway, turn right on Pennsy Road. Follow Pennsy for approximately one mile, then turn left on Kreider Road. At the stop sign, proceed straight and cross over a bridge spanning the old low-grade rail line. At the next intersection, bear right on Rawlinsville Road; continue for approximately one mile, then turn right at the fork onto Stump Road. Follow Stump Road for approximately 1 ¼ miles. The well-marked parking lot is on the left (south) side. The trailhead starts further down Stump Road on the right. It is an old road next to the large Steinman Run Nature Preserve sign. Trail rating: moderate.
Trip leader: Joan King: Jsking1@lycos.com or 717-284-5239


Sunday, April 19, 2009 1:00 PM FIELD TRIP by the Mengel Natural History Club
"Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers" -- State Game Lands 52
Among the Diabase boulders at the headwaters of Black Creek are many beautiful spring woodland wild flowers. The public is welcome.
(Note: the walking is somewhat rough and some hopping among the small boulders will be needed. Also tick spray is highly reccomended.)


Directions. From Lancaster take Rte 222 North past the PA Turnpike to the Adamstown/Knauers exit. (Follow the signs to Maple Grove Park Drag Strip) Go east on PA 568 to through Knauers (straight at the traffic light) one more mile to Alleghenyville. Bear right at the Church on Alleghenyville Road. Follow Alleghenyville rod as it winds by the creek and as the road starts uphill go straight and stay on Alleghenyville Road (don't bear left on Kramer Road or right on Schlouch Rd. corrections and additions in bold)). Go about 2 miles and turn right on Maple Grove Rd. Follow Maple grove Road straight past Maple Grove Park (There are 2 stops signs) and on up over the hill stay left on Maple Grove Road at the top of the hill, past Yellow Hill Road and on down the other side (The road name becomes Edwards Road as you cross back into Lancatesr County but there are no signs up on the hill. . Park in the large gravel parking lot at the bottom on the left. If you cross Black Creek and the PA turnpike you have gone to far.

or

You can also come east on PA Rte 23 to Churchtown and go north from there on Hammertown Road and then bear left on Edwards road and follow it until just after you cross the turnpike and the parking lot will be on the left.



Leaders: Ryan Woolwine & Mike Slater (610) 775-3757 mslater@voicenet.com


Saturday, May 9: Walnut Run 10:00 AM
This is a mixed hardwood forest on diabase soil; we should see yellow ladyslippers,
violets, etc.
From Lancaster, go north on Rt. 501. At Rt. 322 turn left, and go about 5 miles. Park on
the right side of the road at an unmarked gated dirt road. If you see the Game
Commission's gravel parking lot on the left side of the road, you've gone too far. Trail
rating: moderate.
Trip leader: Joan King: Jsking1@lycos.com or 717-284-5239


Saturday, June 13: Goat Hill 10:00 AM

Among the rare plants found at Goat Hill are the long-hairy barrens chickweed, the
serpentine aster, prairie dropseed, and round-leaved fameflower. Goat Hill also hosts a
diverse fern community, including marginal shield, hay scented, Christmas, interrupted,
and maidenhair. In addition, a wide variety of southern plants reach their northernmost
extremes here.
From Lancaster, go south on Rt. 272 to Wakefield. At Wakefield turn left, continuing on Rt. 272. Go about 3.5 miles to Little Britain. At the stop sign, turn right onto Little Britain Rd., go 0.4 mile, then turn left onto Sleepy Hollow Rd. Go about 4 miles, cross the Octoraro Creek, and continue for about 1 mile. Bear right at the Y intersection, and go about 1 mile. Park on the right at the Goat Hill Natural Area sign. Trail rating: moderate.
Leader: Tim Draude

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Interactive key to the Cyperaceae of North America.






A new online/interactive Key to the Cyperaceae of North America is now available and announced today on Taxacom by Timothy M. Jones a Ph.D. Student at LSU . I will have to start learning these better and not wait until retirement. I do like the interactive glossary for the Cyperaceae!

Timothy Jones announced:

"Interactive identification keys to Xyris, Cyperus, Kyllinga, Rhynchospora, Scleria, and Carex are now available on the Louisiana State University Herbarium website. The keys are free to use and written in Lucid 3. 4. Additionally, a demonstration of a new interactive glossary to the Cyperaceae written with Cooliris is available, as well as a demo interactive/zoom-able phylogenetic trees and data on the Cyperaceae. This is presented using Deepzoom(of project Seadragon). All are at http://www.herbarium.lsu.edu/keys/"



This is a beautiful Carex species I took pictures of last June in a sphagnum bog in Quebec. I should try keying it out (or just send the pictures to a botanist I know:-)