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Fern Recognition & Ecology Course
Ferns of the Heartland Forest
Highlands Nature Sanctuary
June 23–27, 2014
Spend five days in the field learning to identify diverse ferns and fern allies. Botanist Rick Gardner and Botany Professor Warren Hauk will be your guide to mastering the identification of over 40 species of ferns, club moss, spike-moss, quillwort and horsetail in their appropriate plant communities while visiting some of southern Ohio's most interesting and diverse botanical sites. For more details and to register, go to http://arcofappalachia.org/events/ferns.html.
BSWP Meetings have moved to a different location
Our next meeting will be held on September 8, 2014. Till then, enjoy botanizing on our field trips (at right)!
September 2014 through June 2015, BSWP meetings will be held in the Ford-Mateer Classroom of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland), starting at 7:15 p.m.
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 $5,
there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum. 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.
Please join us for our first meeting of the next season, when Jessica Rohrdanz, DCNR Environmental Specialist with Point State Park and Allegheny Islands Sate Park, will speak. Please check here, or the next newsletter, for more details soon.
BSWP Field Trips
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 9:15 AM
Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel the PA Turnpike to Exit 91(Donegal). Follow PA 31 east for 3 miles and turn left onto PA 381 North. (Ignore the right-hand turn for PA 381 South). Soon after the left-hand turn, turn left into a trail parking lot, just before the highway bridge.
This is an easy walk through woods and wetland along an abandoned railroad grade.
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10:00 AM
Leader: Loree Speedy, 724-518-6022
Directions: The intersection of US 40 and PA 381 can be reached by traveling US 40 east from Uniontown, or from PA Turnpike Exit 91 (Donegal) by traveling PA 31 east 2 miles to PA 381 south and then to US 40.
At the intersection of PA 381 and US 40, travel US 40 east 6 miles. Look for an oversized sign on the right reading “Truck Warning-Steep Grade.” Turn right at the foot of this sign onto a blacktop driveway into the Mountain Fellowship Center, marked with a blue sign. Continue past the community building on the left and park along the right side of dirt road.
Prepare for wet feet. Protection at least 4 inches over the ankle is recommended as the bog is not deep.
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2014 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium
November 7–8, 2014