On Thursday, November 8, seventeen members braved the traffic caused by the Steelers v Panthers game ( Steelers won) and listened attentively as Polly Shaw presented the Making of Moraine – the Creation of a State Park. This program described the time period from 1946 when Preston and Arthur met, until 1970 when the new park was formally dedicated. Moraine State Park has been characterized as a great achievement in environmental engineering achievement so we looked at how the land use was changed from one of coal mining, oil drilling, farming, and swamp land, into today’s 16,725 acre park with a 3,225 acre lake.
Read member Dianne Machesney's article in the Sunday Post-Gazette
Nineteen members met to hear Sarada Sangameswaran present “From Black to Green: The Story of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.” We learned how they are transforming an old coal-mining site into a beautiful botanic garden. This presentation provided a brief history of the garden and details the land reclamation project that continue to restore our natural habitats She showed pictures of the established areas and the future plans for creating a vibrant place for visitors to enjoy.
Eight members joined the hike along Beaver Creek: Carl, our leader, Dick, Mark, Loree, Bob, Dianne, Mary and Ken. It was a sunny, hot day in the upper 80’s. 63 species of flowers were noted, along with 20 species in fruit. See the complete list here:
WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION
On Thursday, September 13th, Bob and Dianne Machesney presented “Panama, December 2017.” Photos from their butterfly tour at the Canopy Tower and Lodge showed the flora, fauna, birds, butterflies of the area, along with some history and geography. Did you know that Panama means ” abundance of fish?” This was our annual wine and cheese reception.
Eighteen people enjoyed beautiful 84 degree, sunny weather to hike the prairie at Jennings. We saw a good variety of blooming flowers, grasses, mushrooms, birds and butterflies. Click here to see the list.
August 4, Saturday, 10:00 Jennings Prairie, by Dianne Machesney
Visit the unique ecosystem at Jennings Prairie.
This is the perfect time to explore the relict prairie. The hot weather brings the stunning Blazing Star and some of the other dazzling summer flowers to peak performance. The goldenrods of fall will begin to show. Don’t miss the spectacular butterflies that grace the prairie with their breathtaking beauty. Flycatchers, vireos, tanagers, Common Yellowthroats and Cedar Waxwings sometimes make an appearance. We may come across a Red Eft, the larval form of a Red-spotted Newt.
Outings are free and open to the public. Bring your friends. Trails are wheelchair accessible.Wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring binoculars, field guides, water and a lunch.
Directions From Pittsburgh: take I-79 North to Exit 99, New Castle/ Butler. Drive east on Route 422 roughly 5.8 miles to the Prospect Exit. Turn left (north) onto Route 528.
Continue on Route 528 for about 7 miles. Meet in the Jennings Environmental Center Parking Lot on the left (west) side of the road.
On Saturday, July 21, Loree Speedy and Mark Bowers led the hike along the bike trail at Duff Park. We entered from the new parking lot on Route 22. Click here to see the list of plants we admired along the way. Thanks to Mark for submitting his photos. Other photos by Dianne Machesney.
Witch Hazel in Bud
Joe Pye Weed
We have our schedule for the new club year finalized. Click the 2018-2019 tab on the banner on the home page to preview. First meeting will be our wine and cheese reception. The club will supply the wine. Members, please bring hor d’oeuvres or desserts. Don’t forget to bring your dues.