Thursday, November 16, 2017, SE Georgia Pitcherplant Bog Work Day

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SE Georgia Pitcherplant Bog Work Day

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Field Trip Leader: Lisa Kruse

Description: Join forces with the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance for some down-and-dirty Autumn Bogging! This is a pitcherplant habitat restoration work day as well opportunity for learning about herbaceous bog ecology and plants. The task will be to hand-cut shrubs or grasses away from pitcherplants to improve their access to sunlight and water. You can’t beat a (hopefully) cool November day for getting a lot of work done. Most of the fall wildflower show will be over, but the unique structures of autumn grasses and flower seed-heads couldn’t be lovelier when fresh in November.

Canoochee Bogs are the one Georgia location for Sarracenia purpurea var. venosa (Coastal Plain purple pitcherplant). We will also see vigorous Sarracenia flava (trumpet pitcher plant), and Sarracenia minor (hooded pitcherplant). The un-burned bogs have nice floristic diversity in their own right, but after working we will treat ourselves to botanizing at a regularly burned bog with longleaf pine wiregrass uplands. We’ll keep eyes open for late blooms, and seed-heads of Balduina atropurpurea (purple honeycomb head) and Macranthera flammea (hummingbird flower). We also have opportunity to see Elliottia racemosa, Georgia Plume (not in bloom), in old-growth longleaf sandhill in addition to pitcherplant bog habitat.

We expect to work for 3-4 hours. We will have a short but rich botanical foray after the work party and expect to finish by 4 or 4:30 PM. Afterwards, for those who are able, we will continue in the bogging spirit by diving into delicious Harry’s Barbeque nearby in the town of Hagen.

Meeting Location: We will meet at the location below and caravan to the work site

10:00 AM, town of Bellville, Evans County, at the SW corner of the intersection of State Hwys. 292 and 169. There is a good parking lot here at a restored train depot.

Bring: Work gloves, hand-pruners, loppers, and/or a trowel. Sun protection is critical, as well as lunch and water!

Walking Difficulty: Easy to moderate. We will be able to drive near to the bog edges. Total walking distance is less than 1 mile. However there are no trails to access the pitcher plant habitats, so off-trail walking on uneven, moist terrain through 1-2 foot tall vegetation is required. There is a possibility for walking across shallow water or small streams.

Bathroom Facilities: There are no facilities at the work party sites.

Bernie’s Grocery at the meeting location in Bellville has a basic restroom and snacks

Lodging suggestion: Cabins and camping are available at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville. THESE ARE POPULAR ON FALL WEEKENDS. Make reservations soon.

Contact: Lisa Kruse, lisa.kruse@dnr.ga.gov   Please email Lisa if you plan to attend.

Phone (for day of trip only): 706-318-3287