Field Trip with Botanical Society of W. PA.

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1:00 PM

Little Sewickley Creek outside of Herminie. Westmoreland County

This is a favorite trip for early spring ephemerals and Snow Trillium. The walk is easy along an old railroad grade.

Directions: Take the PA Turnpike to Exit 67-Route 30/Irwin/Greensburg. Take the Route 30 East/Greensburg ramp. At the first stoplight on Route 30, turn right onto Arona Road, then another right after 0.5 mile onto unmarked Wendel Road. Travel this road 3.7 miles to a T. Turn right at the T and continue 1 mile to Herminie to a 4-way stop (VFD on corner). Continue straight to the next stop sign and turn left. Proceed through 2 more stop signs, end at a T, and turn right. Continue past the Dairy Queen on your right and continue down a hill; we will meet just before the highway bridge. Park on the left side.

These directions are difficult as roads are unmarked and state roads through Herminie sometimes look like alleys.
If you can use them, the GPS coordinates will likely take you by a more direct route. GPS coordinates: 40.26050, -79.72700.

2019 Outings Being Planned

Expect to find Snow Trillium on the Little Sewickley Creek hike on March 31st.

Our first outing of the season will be Sunday March 31st at Little Sewickley Creek in Hemanie. Leader will be Loree Speedy. 724-518-6022

April 6 Cedar Creek Leader: Judy Stark

April 26 Butler/Freeport Trail – Monroe Rd. section 10:00 AM Leader: Dianne Machesney

April 27 Indian Creek Valley Trail near Camp Christian, 10:00 AM Leader: Judy Stark

June 28 Shollards Wetlands 10:00 AM Leader Dianne Machesney

July 26 Jennings Prairie 10:00 AM Leader Dianne Machesney

Details to follow. If you have a suggestion or are willing to lead a hike, please call Judy Stark, the club Outings Coordinator at 412-327-9537


Meeting March 14, 2019

Bonnie Isaac presented Herbarium Happenings. Bonnie Isaac, a Pennsylvania native, is the Collection Manager of Botany at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. She has been employed by the museum since 1989. Bonnie received her Bachelors & Masters degrees in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Plant Sciences from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and an International Diploma in Herbarium Techniques, from the Kew Royal Botanical Garden in Kew, England. Bonnie serves on the Pennsylvania Botany Symposium Committee, the Pennsylvania Vascular Plant Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey, and as President of the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania. When not botanizing, Bonnie enjoys hunting, traveling, gardening and snorkeling.

Janet, Eileen and Odie

We learned what a herbarium is, what is stored there, how to take and dry a sample for the collection and how today’s technology is giving us even more insight into plant DNA . The herbarium has a weekly blog featuring specimens from their collection at:https://www.masonheberling.com/collected-on-this-day

Colleen and Ed talk to Bonnie after her presentation.
St. Patrick’s Day cookies from Janet.
Monica gets the meeting started on time.

Bonnie and Tara

January 1, 2019 Field Trip

Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 12:00  noon
North Park, Irwin Road, Allegheny County

Leader: Richard Nugent:  rmnugent@live.com;  (412)  487-5549
Directions:  From PA 8 north of Pittsburgh, travel north about 7 miles from Etna to Wildwood Road. Turn left onto Wildwood Road and travel 3 miles to a major intersection and stoplight in the park at Babcock Blvd. Turn right onto Babcock Blvd, continuing a short distance to a parking lot on the left side of Babcock Blvd, just after the turn for Pearce Mill Road. Alternatively, travel I-79 north to Exit 73-Wexford. Turn right onto PA 910 and continue 5 miles to Babcock Blvd. Turn right onto Babcock Blvd and travel 2.7 miles to the parking lot on the right, just before Pearce Mill Road. 
Enjoying botany and nature on New Year’s Day is now a BSWP/Wissahickon tradition!
This trip could be canceled due to unsafe driving conditions; to learn if the trip is canceled when weather conditions are uncertain, please call Richard at 412-487-5549 the day of the hike. 

December 13, 2018 Meeting

Wissahickon Nature Club Meeting and Holiday cookie exchange 

On Thursday, December 13,  Don Weiss shared the beautiful sites and stories of his time at Glacier National Park during the first week on September. It is a lovely time of year to be in the park, with many mountain views and beautiful lakes. Although the fires and smoke the park was experiencing blocked many of the dramatic views, they did add their own photographic possibilities. There was plenty of wildlife in the National Bison Range, about 2 hours South of the park. Many birds and even a few flowers.


Our traditional annual Holiday, Christmas Cookie party followed his presentation. 

Member Pat Truschel made the beautiful Holiday Favors.

Holiday Favors
Kathy, Donna, Ryan, Susanne
Caleb and Don
Tim
Marlow
Judy, Norm, Glenn
Janet and Liz
Monica and Don

Meeting November 8, 2018

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.


Polly Shaw sets up her display table

The cover of Polly’s book about Moraine State Park and her upcoming new book about McConnells Mill State Park

Meeting October 11, 2018

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.  

Monica started off the meeting  by asking for interesting sightings.
Don was our hero by eliminating a pesky wasp.
Kathy listens and our speaker awaits her introduction.
Our speaker, Sarada Sangameswaran

Joint Field Trip with BSWP

 

Beaver Creek State Park, Ohio

Saturday, September 1, 2018. 1:00 PM
Beaver Creek State Park, Ohio
Leader: Carl Patsche , (304) 724-0139

Directions: From Pittsburgh, follow US Route 30 west to the West Virginia state line. Continue west on Route 30 through the town of East Liverpool. About 6 miles from East Liverpool, exit US Route 30 at the State Route 7, Rogers exit. Travel Route 7 north about 2 miles to the entrance to Beaver Creek State Park on the right, just past Beaver Local High School.
Continue about 2 ½ miles to the parking lot on the right, just past the Park Office, where we will meet.
GPS coordinates: 40.72677, -80.61200