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
13 people attended the walk on a 65 degree, partly sunny day. We saw 51 species of flowers in bloom and 34 birds. Only two butterflies: Cabbage White and E. Tiger Swallowtail. See the whole list here.
Paul and Pam
Kim and Melissa
Long Spur Violet
Grandiflora Trilliums covered the woodland floor
Checking out the partridge berry and wintergreen
About 15 folks attended this walk led by Judy Stark. After snow the previous week we were treated with a sunny and warm day. We walked the road on the forested hill behind the Maple Syrup buildings and back around the lake. We saw about a dozen flowering plants, Bloodroot being the most prolific. (Photos by: Judy Stark)
Here is the list:
Virginia spring beauty
Kim searches Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide
Sharp lobed hepatica
Virginia Spring Beauty
Eight club members hiked the wildflower preserve on a 55 degree cloudy day led by Dianne Machesney. Judy, Donna, Tim, Charmie, Bob, Jessica and Karen saw 36 flowering species. After lunch we went to Independence Marsh and saw 25 species, including Shooting Star. Only two butterflies were spotted: E. Comma and Spring Azure. Click here for the list of plants.
Here are some photos from the hike: (Photos by: Dianne Machesney)
Wild Blue Phlox
Virginia Spring Beauties
Lyre Leaved Rock Cress
Karen and Dianne
Harbinger of Spring
Cut leaf Toothwort
Kidney leaved buttercup Photo by: Tim Prepelka
The day started out cloudy with a few scattered showers but quickly turned to increasing sun and mid-70’s. Kim and Jean, Walt and Dana, joined walk leaders Bob and Dianne at 10AM for the count. Mid-day we met up with the 8:30 AM group consisting of Glenn and Maryalice, Curt, Neil and his children, Samuel, Harvey, Ruth Ann, Rachel and Naomi. After a picnic-style lunch, we continued to the Polk Wetland to look for the Baltimore Checkerspot, which we found. 28 species of butterflies and 80 species of flowering plants were recorded . Click here to see the lists.
Vipers Bugloss Sandy Lake Gamelands
Notice: bring boots or old shoes that can get muddy. It’s been raining in that area the past two days and the dirt road we will be walking could be messy!!
The rains held off and eight of us had a very successful walk in the Cedar Creek Gorge. We were delighted to meet Holly Peck, whose grandfather Werner Buker was a longtime member of the Botanical Society.
He volunteered at the Carnegie Museum herbarium for 40 years and collected thousands of specimens. Holly has all his slides, each is identified. I Hope we can talk her into giving a talk and show!
We saw 20 some blooming flowers, the highlights were Snow Trillium, Harbinger of Spring, Hepatica, Twin Leaf and Blue Bells. We saw at least 20 not-blooming or non-flowering plants, most notable were Few-flowered Valerian, Blue-eyed Mary, Liverwort, Scarlet Cup and Crowded Parchment mushrooms. We also saw several Mergansers and Spring Azure butterflies.
Submitted by Judy Stark, Trip leader
Click here to see photos and lists from today’s hike.
Even though the day started off cloudy and threatening rain in Pittsburgh, by the time we arrived in Butler County the sky cleared and the sun came out. The temperature was in the mid-70’s perfect for finding dragonflies and butterflies.
Four club members braved the muddy path to the various ponds and were rewarded with 22 species of dragonflies, 18 species of butterflies and 34 species of wildflowers. Click here to see the list. Thanks to Dick Nugent for submitting the bird species seen. Click here to see his list.
12 spotted skimmer
After eating our bag lunches in the gravel parking lot, we headed to Jennings Prairie where we found 48 wildflowers in bloom and two more species of butterflies.