In recognition of New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week (July 8-14), I have prepared a compilation about how to identify (including color photographs and brief ID tips) a number of species of invasive plants at each of two local preserves:
- Fox Preserve (located in Town of Colonie) – view the compilation
- Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve (located in Town of Clifton Park) – view the compilation
Each compilation includes:
- list of observed species (including information describing flowers, leaves, and other plant characteristics as well as when each blooms and where each can be found at that preserve)
- color photographs and brief ID tips
The compilation for Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve also includes a list of links to other websites with information on how to control or eradicate each listed species.
Hope you find these compilations helpful.
Also, please join me this week for a walk to identify invasive species at (1) Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve (6pm on July 12) and (2) Fox Preserve (9am on July 13) – more info regarding each walk is available on my Events page. I hope you’ll join me!
Would some full color photographs of wildflowers get you believing that spring is coming? And that the sun may indeed shine once again?
How about adding a few wildflower walks on your calendar over the next few months?
If so, then please check out –
- Early Spring Wildflowers
- Wildflower Field Guides, especially my newest guides for:
- Ashford Glen Preserve (Town of Colonie),
- Bauer Environmental Park (Town of Colonie),
- Old Iron Spring Fitness Trail (Town of Ballston),
- Peter Desrochers Memorial Country Knolls Trails (Town of Clifton Park), and
- Zim Smith Trail (Towns of Ballston, Clifton Park, Halfmoon and Malta)
- Wildflower Walks and other outdoor spring activities
Despite last week’s significant snowstorm reminding us all that it was still winter, the vernal equinox will indeed occur early this week.
With longer days to come, the new season will begin heralding the emergence of a myriad of wildflowers and the unfurling of tree leaves throughout our area.
Common Shadbush – downy underside of emerging leaves
Emerging False Hellebore leaves
Consider these activities as part of your adventures this spring –
- Vernal Equinox Hike (March 20, 1-2pm)
- Parent and Me Hike at Kinns Road Park (March 29, 9:30-10:30am)
- Signs of Spring (April 1, 11am-1pm)
- Parent and Me Hike at Veterans Memorial Park (April 5, 9:30-10:30am)
- Wild and Wacky Woodcock Walk (April 6 and 11; each at 7-8:30pm)
- Stewardship Hike at Peter Desrochers Memorial Trails (April 7, 1-3pm)
- Fire Ecology Walk (April 8 @ 11am)
- Birdwatching – Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve (April 16, 8am-noon)
- 2.6-mile Spring Hike (April 17, 1-3:30pm)
- Woodcock Walk (April 18 @ 7pm)
- Great Dune Hike (April 19, 11am-1pm)
- Pond Trek (April 21, 10-11:30am)
- Earth Day Celebration (April 22 @ 9am)
- Capital Region Grown Up Egg Hunt (April 23, 1-3pm)
- Bird Walk at Albany Rural Cemetery (April 29, 7:30-10am)
- Birdwatching – Peebles Island State Park (April 30, 8:30am-noon)
- Stewardship Hike at Hayes Nature Park (May 5, 1-3pm)
- Birdwatching – Papscanee Island Nature Preserve (May 6, 7:30am-noon)
- Learn to Fish Day (May 6, 9am-1pm)
- Wildflower Walk along Zim Smith Trail – Town of Halfmoon (May 6, 10am-noon)
- Birdwatching – Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve (May 7, 7:30am-noon)
- Vischer Ferry History and Nature Celebration (May 12-13)
- Birds and Bagels (May 13, 7-9:30am)
- Birdwatching – Dusk at 100 Acre Woods (May 13, 7-9:30pm)
- 7th Annual Winter Raptor Fest (May 13-14, 10-4pm and 11am-4pm, respectively)
- Birdwatching – Bog Meadow Brook (May 14, 7:30am-noon)
- Spring Bird Walk (May 20, 8-11am)
- Birdwatching – Schodack Island State Park (May 21, 7:30am-noon)
- Karner Blue Butterfly Walk (May 27, 11am-12:30pm; May 29, 1-2:30pm)
- Stewardship Hike at Steinmetz Site (June 2, 1-3pm)
- 23rd Annual Guided Bike Tour (June 4, 1-4pm)
- Birdwatching – H.G. Reist Sanctuary (June 10, 8am-noon)
- Wildflower Walk along Zim Smith Trail – Town of Ballston (June 14, 5:30-7:30pm)
I have compiled five new wildflower field guides; you can view or download them here. I hope they help you learn about wildflowers that can be viewed at some of our local nature preserves, parks and trails.
Lastly, I have scheduled several wildflower walks this year, including those listed above. Please join me.