Despite a forecasted temperature in the mid-90s and an even higher heat index, I opted to stretch my legs today along the Community Connector Trail in the Towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon. Beginning from the Town of Halfmoon end, I continued my wildflower inventory by covering the eastern half of this trail. I was pleased to discover several species to add to my list and enjoyed seeing a multitude of colorful blooms. Fortunately, the heat has not yet stressed the plants.
Here’s a sample of what I observed –
Canada Lily (orange variety)
Red Baneberry berries
Tall Meadow Rue
Garden Loosestrife (invasive)
Canada Thistle (invasive)
Flowering Rush (invasive)
Canada Lily (yellow variety)
SUPPLEMENTAL UPDATE (7/1/2018): I returned to inventory the western half of this trail and observed these additional blooms –
Spotted Knapweed (invasive)
Please join me Thursday evening, July 12, for a walk to identify invasive species at the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve – we will see many of the “invasive” plants noted above during that walk. We’ll begin promptly at 6pm from the parking lot adjacent to the Whipple Bridge at the main entrance to the preserve, located at the intersection of Riverview Road and Van Vranken Road, and then take a short hike through a portion of this preserve, which will go along a segment of the Community Connector Trail. This event is in recognition of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 8-14, 2018. I hope you’ll join me.