Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


 

BSWP Meetings

Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Dr. John Soluri will speak to us about “An Unnatural History of the Banana: Genetics, Aesthetics, and Environmental Change.”
John Soluri is an associate professor in the
History Department at Carnegie Mellon University where his teaching and research centers on the socio-environmental transformations associated with the commodification of nature.


Monday, June 12, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Information will be posted here soon on speaker Dr. Abigail Mazie


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 Trips

Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:45 p.m.

Trillium Trail, Fox Chapel
Allegheny County

Leader: Amanda Haney, a.haney@verizon.net, 412-956-1447 (cell, emergency only)

Directions: Take PA 28 to Exit 8 in Fox Chapel. At the exit, turn left and follow Fox Chapel Road for one mile. After passing Delafield Road, make a left turn onto Squaw Run Road. Follow Squaw Run Road for 1.6 mile. Turn left into the parking lot of the Trillium Trail, where we meet.

Trillium Trail is a 1-3/4 mile loop on Squaw Run Road in Fox Chapel. The parking lot is very small, so please carpool, if possible. Individuals could meet at nearby Waterworks Mall to carpool.

Notes: We will find a wide variety of spring ephemerals such as three species of trillium (including rare pink and yellow strains), Spring beauty, Virginia bluebells, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wild geranium and others. The trail can be wet and slippery, so wear sturdy hiking shoes. A hiking stick could also be useful. Don't forget your camera. In case of heavy rain, the trip will be canceled.


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Dogwood Trail
, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Allegheny Count
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The Garden is open until 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays in spring and summer. We will meet at the Welcome Center and head to the Dogwood Trail and meadow to enjoy the dogwoods.

Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel I-376 west (Parkway West) to Exit 60A toward Weirton. Continue on US 30/US 22 for 1.4 miles. Take the exit toward Oakdale. Turn left at the light onto McKee Road. Pass CCAC and then take the first left onto Old McKee Road. Take the first right onto Pinkerton Run Road. The Bayer Welcome Center is up 1.2 miles on the right. The parking lot entrance is on the left.

Head to the Welcome Center to present your membership or to pay your fee if you are a non-member. Admission is free to members, $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors 62+, and 1$ off for Allegheny County residents.


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

Leader: Andrew Sipple
andrew.sipple@yahoo.com
; cell: 814‑795-9900.  

Directions: From Pittsburgh, follow I-79 north to the Edinboro/Albion exit, US Route 6N (Exit 166). Take a left and follow this road for about 2.5 miles miles until you reach PA Route 98. Make a right at this intersection and follow it for a little more than 12 miles until you reach PA Route 5. Make a left here and follow this road for about 5.5 miles until you see signs for the Elk Creek access area on your right. Take a right here and follow the driveway down to the parking lot by the creek. GPS coordinates for right hand turn off Route 5: 42.0161, -80.3718.

This field trip will involve climbing some steep hills so be sure to bring good footwear. We will explore a variety of habitats at this unique coastal property. The floodplain forest along Elk Creek produces outstanding carpets of spring ephemerals every year. We will likely see White Trout-Lily, Yellow Trout-Lily, Red Trillium, White Trillium, Virginia Bluebells, Marsh Marigold, and Spring-Beauty. The forested tops of the bluffs overlooking Lake Erie offer outstanding scenic views, and a habitat that supports such flowers as Early Saxifrage, Jack-in-the Pulpit, and Smooth Rock Cress. If time and interest permit, we may also explore an ancient sand dune ecosystem, a relic of past geological events.

Sunday, April 30, 2017, All Day!
Enlow Fork Natural Area (EFNA), Greene County

Main Events: Early Bird/Flower Walk 8:00 a.m.  Wildflower Walk 10 a.m.

Sponsor: Wheeling Creek Watershed Conservancy.Associated Organizations: Ralph K. Bell Bird Club, Botanical Society of Western PA, Brooks Bird Club, Three Rivers Birding Club, Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club and Audubon Society of Western PA. Leaders for the main events are from the associated organizations.

Directions: There are many ways to get to the EFNA; if you have never been there use the GPS coordinates 39.961076, -80.462700 with Google maps ahead of time! EFNA is located at the end of Smokey Row Rd. in PA State Game Lands 302.  Signs will be posted close to the event location.

In between the main walks there will be tents set up with information on birding, wildflowers, nature, and watersheds. Food will be available for sale. Bring a chair and enjoy the day.

Contact Larry Helgerman, bobolink1989@gmail.com, to help, or for more information.

Check out this fascinating article about the efforts to conserve this area. http://www.observer-reporter.com/20170302/saving_enlow_valley


Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Hells Hollow Trail, McConnells Mill State Park

Lawrence County

Leaders: Joe and Bonnie Isaac; IsaacB@CarnegieMNH.org; 724-944-8770 (cell)

Directions: From Pittsburgh, take I-79 north to Exit 96/Portersville. Turn left to travel PA 488 about 4 miles to Heinz Camp Road. Turn right onto Heinz Camp Road and continue about 2 miles to a T. Turn right and cross the Armstrong Bridge. Continue up the hill about 2 1/2 miles and make a right onto Shaffer Road. The Hell’s Hollow Trailhead parking lot is on the right about 100 yards after the turn, just before a one-lane bridge. GPS coordinates: 40.9314, -80.2402.

Experience the beauty of McConnells Mill with a walk in the lovely Hell's Hollow valley. Despite the name, it is one of the most charming places to experience wildflowers in the park. This walk follows the trail to the falls, branching off the North Country National Scenic Trail. This stroll is on an easy trail, less than a mile, and starts at the Hell's Hollow parking lot. On the trail are several pairs of steps, three benches, occasional slick rocks, and an optional staircase to view the falls at the end. We may see trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, violets, and more. Allow 15 minutes to get to Hell's Hollow (no facilities) if coming from the old mill. Dress for the weather and bring a snack & water for the trail if desired.


Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Linn Run State Park,
Westmoreland County

and 1:00 p.m. Spruce Flats / Wolf Rock Trail
Linn Run State Park,
Westmoreland County

Leaders: Loree Speedy; loreespeedy@gmail.com; cell: 724-518-6022 and Judy Stark, 412-363-0462 (home); 412-327-9537 (cell); starkj2@aol.com

Directions: From Pittsburgh, take the PA Turnpike east to Exit 91/Donegal. Turn left onto PA 31 and then, after a short distance, left onto PA 711. Continue on PA 711 north for about 9 miles. Turn right onto Darlington Road (this may be unmarked) and travel about 1 mile to its junction with PA 381. Continue straight onto PA 381 for a short distance, and then turn right onto Linn Run Road. 

10:30 AM: Once you enter Linn Run State Park, continue about 1½  miles to the Grove Run Picnic Area on the right, where we will meet.

1:00 PM: Join us after lunch at the Spruce Flats Picnic Area at the top of the mountain for Painted Trillium and mountain wildflowers.

Travel through Linn Run State Park to the top of the hill to parking for Spruce Flats Bog and Wolf Rocks in Laurel Summit State Park, where we will meet.

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Ferncliff Peninsula, Ohiopyle State Park

Fayette County

Cosponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society and BSWP.

Trip information: Loree Speedy; loreespeedy@gmail.com; 724-518-6022)

Directions: From Pittsburgh, take the PA Turnpike  to Exit 91/Donegal. Turn east (left) on PA 31. Travel about 2 miles and turn south (right) on PA 381. Travel ten miles to Normalville to a stop sign. Turn left onto PA 381 south and continue 11 miles to Ohiopyle. As PA 381 enters Ohiopyle, it crosses railroad tracks. Turn right just before the bridge over the Yough to enter the Ferncliff parking lot, where we will meet. GPS coordinates: 39.8715, -79.4931.

We will join Joe Metzger and the Maryland Native Plant Society. From the Ohiopyle Park brochure and map: "Recognized for its botanical diversity for over a century, the 100-acre peninsula was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1973."


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

Leader: Andrew Sipple; andrew.sipple@yahoo.com; cell: 814‑795-9900.  

Directions: From the Pittsburgh area, take I-79 north. When you arrive in the Erie area, take Exit 183B, then follow westbound PA Route 5, W. 12th Street. After a little over a mile, turn right at the intersection of PA Route 832, Peninsula Drive. Follow this road until you reach the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC). This destination is on the right, directly across from Waldameer Amusement Park. GPS coordinates: 42.1079, -80.1533.

After meeting in front of the main doors into the center, we will carpool to our destination within the park. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

More Field Trip Plans in Progress – Watch your e-mail for notifications!


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.

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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.


BSWP Outings. We'll be posting spring field trips soon! 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.