I invite you to join me at upcoming activities:
Wildflower Walk along Shenantaha Creek Park Nature Trail
May 1 @ 5:30pm: To help inform visitors about the variety of wildflowers along the nature trail located within this park, I will be hosting a wildflower walk (approximately 2 hours, rain or shine) to highlight some of the spring ephemeral wildflowers found there.
This wildflower walk will occur on the first Tuesday of May, which corresponds with “May Day” this year. We will depart from the parking lot at the end of the park’s entrance road. We hope to find Early Meadow Rue, Fringed Polygala, Toothworts, and Trout Lily in bloom.
I hope you will join me this wildflower walk to experience the diversity of wildflowers found along this scenic trail overlooking “Shenantaha,” the Iroquois word meaning “deer water,” also known today as Ballston Creek.
Wildflower Walks along Historic Champlain Canalway Trail – A Trek Through Two Towns
I have recently expanded a wildflower field guide, now featuring more than 360 species, for the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail. To help inform trail users about the myriad of wildflowers along its route, I will be hosting wildflower walks (approximately 2 hours each, rain or shine) along a segment within each of the towns through which that trail currently passes.
The kickoff for this series of wildflower walks will occur on the third Tuesday of May along a Town of Halfmoon segment, followed by an outing on the third Tuesday of July along a Town of Waterford segment.
The schedule for those walks will be as follows:
- May 15 @ 5:30pm: We will depart from the current north end trailhead along Upper Newtown Road in the Town of Halfmoon and hike southward to the McDonald Creek Waste Weir and then return (less than 2 miles in all). We hope to find American Bladdernut, Flowering Dogwood, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and Mayapple in bloom.
- July 17 @ 5:30pm: We will depart from the Division Street crossing in the Town of Waterford and hike northward to Old Lock No. 5 and then return (less than 2 miles in all). There is ample free parking along Division Street. We hope to find Lopseed, Mad-dog Skullcap, Marsh Skullcap, and Trumpet Creeper in bloom.
During each wildflower walk, we will focus on one side of the trail corridor in each direction. By doing so, we will remain off the main trail surface during most of each outing.
I hope you will join me for both legs of this series of wildflower walks.
IN RECOGNITION OF –
(1) Invasive Species ID Walk – Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve
July 12 @ 6pm: We will depart from the parking lot located at the intersection of Riverview and Van Vranken roads.
In recognition of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (July 8 – 14, 2018), this walk will feature summer plant identification of a variety of invasive species found at this nature preserve.
(2) Invasive Species ID Walk – Fox Preserve
In recognition of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (July 8 – 14, 2018), this walk will feature summer plant identification of a variety of invasive species found at this preserve.
All participants must register by visiting http://mohawkhudson.org/events-registration/.
If you missed it, here are some of my past outings:
Wildflower Walks along Zim Smith Trail – A Trek Through Four Towns: Segment #4(Town of Clifton Park)
Wildflower Walks along Zim Smith Trail – A Trek Through Four Towns: Segment #3 (Town of Malta)
Wildflower Ramble (part of 4th annual open space celebration) – Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Town of Clifton Park
Wildflower Walks along Zim Smith Trail – A Trek Through Four Towns: Segment #1 (Town of Halfmoon)
Fall Colors…from a Different Perspective, Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve, Town of Colonie.
Canada Lily: Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Town of Clifton Park
Wildflower Walk and Slide Presentation, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
2nd Annual Open Space Day, Town of Clifton Park
1st Annual Open Space Day, Town of Clifton Park
Spring Wildflowers Presentation and Walk, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library