Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


 

BSWP Meetings

Monday, February 13, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Andrew Sipple will present, "The Flora of Pennsylvania's Great Coast: Presque Isle and Erie Bluffs". He will use his own nature photos to present a virtual tour of the habitats and plants of these two state parks.

He is intending this lecture to serve as a prelude to the two field trips he will lead this spring:

Erie Bluffs State Park: Saturday April 29, 2017
1:00 p.m.

Presque Isle State Park, Saturday May 27, 2017
10:30 a.m.

An avid pianist and music-lover, Andrew graduated from Allegheny College in 2015 with a B.A. in Music. He is currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Environmental Education at Slippery Rock University. He resides and works as an intern at McKeever Environmental Learning Center, Sandy Lake, PA, where he teaches children about ecology and the importance of living lightly on the earth.

Andrew Sipple has been enamored with the plant world since childhood. In 2010, he founded Serenity Gardens, a family-run perennial plant business that features botanical displays that are open to the public. Every year he spends his leisure time exploring the region to seek out and photograph rare native plants and habitats. Andrew maintains the following website, which features his wildflower photos: http://www.pbase.com/andrew_sipple/galleries


Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

BSWP member Allison Cusick will present “Why We Should Be Happy When Scientific Names Change.” Allison tells us that consistency and stability supposedly are the major virtues of having Latin as the language of botanical and zoological names. And yet, these Latin names seldom have remained constant since the beginning of formal nomenclature in the mid-18th century. In the past few decades there have been wholesale taxonomic revisions of plant and animal groups and major changes in nomenclature. Many Latin names of long standing have been swept away. This holds true for families as well as species. Why this upheaval?


BSWP Monthly Meeting Directions
The Society meets monthly from September through June.

To Ford Mateer Classroom of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History:

The entrance to the parking lot, which is gated, is just past the Museum at the intersection of Forbes and Craig Street. The Ford-Mateer Classroom is reached through the Portal Entry in the rear parking lot area. Once inside the building, the room is located just beyond the Security desk on the left. In addition to the Museum parking lot, which costs $6, there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum and along Craig Street that are free after 6 p.m. From there you will cross the street and walk through the right side of the gates to the parking lot. Continue on the sidewalk to the rear of the building where you will see the sign for “Portal Entry” ahead. 

If you do not park in the Museum’s lot, from Forbes Avenue, walk along the right side of the parking toll gates to the parking lot. Continue on the sidewalk to the rear of the building where you will see the sign for "Portal Entry" ahead. 

Directions to the Carnegie Museum
http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/interior.php?pageID=36


BSWP Field Trip

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 1:00 PM

Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area
Butler County

For information: Loree Speedy
loreespeedy@gmail.com; cell: (724) 518-6022

Directions: From Pittsburgh take I-79 north to Exit 105. At the end of the ramp turn left on PA 108. Travel east on PA 108 for about 0.7 miles to West Park Road (Dairy Queen on the right). Turn left onto West Park Road (SR 1015) and drive north about 1.8 miles to SR 1020 (you can see some large silos on the right). Turn right on SR 1020 (Miller Road) and drive about 1.7 miles to the small parking lot on the right. (SR 1020 is a winding road and at an almost T intersection, turn right to stay on SR 1020.) If you reach the bridge, you have gone too far. The parking lot is just before you reach the bridge over Wolf Creek.

There are many things botanical to see along the stream edge, the floodplain and the trails of the forested slope, even in winter.

This trip could be canceled due to unsafe driving conditions. If weather conditions are potentially hazardous, please call Loree at 724-518-6022 the morning of the hike to learn if the trip is canceled. If the trip is canceled due to hazardous weather, look for an e-mail announcing that the trip will be rescheduled for February 18, 2017.

GPS coordinates: 41.0636, -80.0880. 


BSWP Outings. Registration for Botanical Society field trips is not required. Everyone is welcome, including non-members. Trips last 3 to 4 hours but one can leave at any time. For questions, call the field trip leader or Loree Speedy at 724-872-5232/home; 724-518-6022/cell or loreespeedy@gmail.com.
All members are invited to provide their e-mail addresses to receive information and periodic updates of additional field trips scheduled throughout the year. Please send an e-mail to botsocwpa@gmail.com if you are not on the list.


May 21-25, 2017 Joint Field Meeting
(Sunday to Thursday)
The Limestone Region Of Northern New Jersey

Each year the Botanical Society of America, The Torrey Botanical Society, and The Philadelphia Botanical Club sponsor a field meeting in different areas of the Northeast United States. The 2017 field meeting will be held in Northern New Jersey in and around the historic town of Johnsonburg.

The field meeting will include three full days of field trips, evening programs, all meals, and four nights lodging at the Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center, Johnsonburg, New Jersey. This includes visits to Kittatiny Valley State Park, Johnsonburg Swamp Preserve, White Lake Natural Resource Area, and several other sites.

The Limestone habits in New Jersey are well known, and many of the best have been protected for decades by the Nature Conservancy and various other government and private organization. The first evening programs will describe the geology of this region.

Registration for meals, field trips, and evening programs only will be available.

Many of the details are still in the planning stage.For additional information and registration forms contact David Austin, davidaustin@verizon.net.



Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

Friday–Sunday, June 2–4, 2017

Allegany State Park
Salamanca, New York 14779

The 59th Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is sponsored by the Audubon Societies of Jamestown, Buffalo, Rochester and Erie. There are over 50 different walks, talks and programs, including birding, botany, astronomy, geology, family and adult nature walks, bird banding, and fun activities for the young and old alike. Online registration opens soon at http://www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.

RESERVE YOUR CABINS NOW at www.reserveamerica.com Allegany State Park Red House Area.

Each year the Botanical Society of America, The Torrey Botanical Society, and The Philadelphia Botanical Club sponsor a field meeting in different areas of the Northeast United States.  The 2017 field meeting will be held in Northern New Jersey in and around the historic town of Johnsonburg.

The field meeting will include three full days of field trips, evening programs, all meals, and four nights lodging at the Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center, Johnsonburg, New Jersey.  This includes visits to Kittatiny Valley State Park, Johnsonburg Swamp Preserve, White Lake Natural Resource Area, and several other sites.

The Limestone habits in New Jersey are well known, and many of the best have been protected for decades by the Nature Conservancy and various other government and private organization. The first evening programs will describe the geology of this region.

Many of the details are still in the planning stage. Registration for meals, field trips, and evening programs only will be available.

For additional information and registration forms contact David Austin, davidaustin@verizon.net.