In 2016, National Wildflower Week will be celebrated during the week of May 2-8. Read more about National Wildflower Week.
Please consider joining Jennifer Viggiani, Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Clifton Park, on Friday, May 6 at 1pm when she hosts one of her monthly stewardship walks at Veterans Memorial Park. Each walk typically lasts about 2 hours. During this walk, you’ll have an opportunity to view some of the spring wildflowers emerging and blooming at this time of the season.
Here is a list of activities to consider to help you celebrate this national event. For item #2, I suggest a visit to any of the destinations listed on my Area Nature Preserves, Parks and Trails page. If you are visiting New York City during May 7-15, you may want to participate in their wildflower week celebration; read more.
I viewed this earlier-than-normal blooming specimen –
During my hike, I flushed a turkey out of the top of tall hemlock – what a sight and quite a racket! I also saw three deer, numerous chipmunks and many gray squirrels. No frogs were singing, but a nice variety of songbirds were in full chorus.
Now that we’ve enjoyed a few consecutive days of sunshine, I thought it necessary to wander along a couple of local trails in hopes of finding a few more wildflowers in bloom, or, at least some sign of emergence so as to leave us with some hope of blooms to come. I chose these particular destinations because I am continuing wildflower inventories at both.
First stop, Bauer Environmental Park in the Town of Colonie. This park is located between Sand Creek Road and Sunset Boulevard. In the near future, I will add this destination to my Area Nature Preserves, Parks and Trails page; stay tuned.
While making my way along the boardwalk, I viewed –
A sunny, but chilly, day. I was motivated to go look for another sign of spring.
Since I am continuing my wildflower inventory of Zim Smith Trail, I decided to amble along the northernmost segment between Overpass Road and Oak Street. With a somewhat brisk breeze, the woods and wetlands adjoining this trail segment were uncharacteristically quiet today. No frogs and few birds were in a mood to serenade.
I found very few flowering plants. But, I enjoyed my first sighting of the season of –
In this patch of hepaticas, this was one of only three whose flowers had fully opened today.
A few scattered Coltsfoot were also in bloom. My biggest surprise was finding a single Wake Robin; while its leaves had not yet fully unfurled, they nevertheless revealed a plump flower bud.
This discovery yielded the hope and certainty of a colorful unveiling of the remainder of spring. Enjoy the journey – and your own discoveries. Happy trails!