The Complete 2015 Field Trip Schedule is now available

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January 31, 2015, Deserts and Mountains Presentations, Suwanee, GA, Gwinnett County

Posted under: Atlanta area; Slide Show.

Description:   A Bot Soc tradition we are reviving.  A midwinter gathering to enjoy special trip photos of flora and fauna and tales of longer journeys taken in the last year.

Travel to the Southwest desert with Rich and Anita Reaves in March 2013. They led a group of intrepid BotSoccers on this Sonoran adventure to see annual desert blooms.  Susan Caster journeyed along the Pacific Crest Trail between April and July 2013.  She started in San Diego and continued through the Sierra and Cascade Mountain on to Canada, completing this journey of 2600+ miles in under 5 months.

Susan and Rich will share their gorgeous photos of scenary, flora and fauna as well as their memories of the west. Come share these two marlevous journeys. Then enjoy a pot luck lunch together and talk with friends old and new.

Bring: your favorite pot luck dinner to share.  Drinks will be provided.

Time and Location:  10:00 am  Suwanee, GA  Gwinnett County:

Jim and Candee Drake will host the event in the very comfortable media room at their home:

3800 Hickory Branch Trail

Suwanee, GA 30024

Contact Info: drake3800@charter.net

678 482-2127 – home

678-793-2127- cell

Directions: From I-85 take Suwanee exit 111, Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. to go northwest toward Suwanee for ~ 0.7 mi. Turn right onto Satellite Blvd and travel 0.9mi to turn left onto Smithtown Rd. Then travel 0.8 mi to turn right ( across from tree farm) onto Westbrook Rd. Travel 0.7 mi to turn right onto Ridge Rd. Travel 0.6 mi to turn left onto Hickory Branch Trail (Olde Branch sub-division). After 100 ft, turn left on Hickory Brach Trail (again). 3800 is down the hill.

From Peachtree Industrial Blvd, travel southeast on Suwanee Dam Rd (GA Hwy 317) for 1.6 mi. Turn Left onto Smithtown Rd and travel 0.9 mi to turn left onto Westbrook Rd and follow directions above.

For additional directions, please contact Jim Drake at the above email or phone number.

 

February 7, 2015, Granitic-Outcrop Lichens, Davidson – Arabia Mountain Park, DeKalb County

Posted under: Atlanta area.

Introduction to granitic-outcrop lichens, Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Description:  Join the Georgia Botanical Society and amateur lichenologists Sean Beeching and Malcolm Hodges for a leisurely paced hike up and around the mountain to observe the abundance and diversity of lichens there.  Lichens occupy almost every substrate, including gneiss exposures, bare soil, shrub and tree branches, and even the stems of spikemosses! We will concentrate on identification of common lichens and making lichen study accessible to the beginner.

Location:  South Parking Lot, 1 mile south of the Park Visitor Center

Facilities: portable toilet in parking lot, indoor bathroom in Visitor Center

Difficulty:  Moderate with some fairly steep, but short, ascents and descents.

Bring:  A lunch and water to carry along and we will picnic in the forest.  Please try to bring a hand lens (10 power is best) or some kind of magnifier to better observe small lichens. Please dress in layers for the weather, with the caveat that windy days can feel windier on the exposed outcrop.

Limit: 20

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please contact Malcolm Hodges at mhodges@tnc.org if you are planning on joining this trip.

Directions: Take I-20 east of the I-285 perimeter to the Evans Mill Rd. exit (exit 74 coming from Atlanta). Turn south on Evans Mill Rd., which turns into Woodrow Dr. Drive south on Woodrow Dr. until a T intersection with Klondike Rd., and turn right. Klondike Rd. goes through a traffic circle, then you will pass the Davidson – Arabia Mt. Visitor’s Center on the right. After passing the Goddard Rd. intersection on the right, watch closely for a left turn into the South Parking Lot. Call Malcolm Hodges’ cell at 770-776-9194 if you get lost.

Contact: Malcolm Hodges, mhodges@tnc.org

February 7, 2015, Wolf Creek Preserve, 1:00 p.m., Grady County

Posted under: South Georgia.

Wolf Creek Preserve, Saturday, February 7, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Grady County

1:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. NOTE LATE START TIME! 

Trip Leader: Beth Grant Trout Lilies at Wolf Creek Preserve

Description: The Wolf Creek Tract is a 140-acre preserve owned by Grady County, managed by local conservation organizations, and recognized as the greatest expanse – about 8 acres – of trout lilies (Erythronium umbilicatum) in the world. Mixed in with the trout lilies are spotted trillium and three orchid species, Southern Twayblade (Listera australis), Wister’s Coralroot (Corallorhiza wisteriana), and Crane Fly Orchid (Tipularia discolor). (Depending on our winter, the latter two orchids may not have emerged.) These along with other early spring wildflowers and the surrounding rich mesic forest will make this northeast-facing seep seem like a botanical wonderland.

Meet at: Parking lot at the Wal-Mart store in Cairo, GA at 1:00 pm.

Directions: Use any map program and navigate to the Wal-Mart parking lot on US Hwy 84 in Cairo, Ga. My preferred route from the north is I-75 south of Cordele, then take GA 300 through Albany to south of Pelham (Meigs). Turn right (SW) onto GA Hwy 111 and proceed to Cairo. At the intersection with US Hwy84, turn left (SE) and go for about 2 blocks – Wal-Mart will be on your left. We will caravan from the parking lot to the site.

Facilities: None at the site.

Difficulty: The site will be damp with maybe standing water in a few places so bring appropriate foot ware. Walking is easy.

Bring: Bring snacks, water, hand lens, camera, and rain gear.

Contact: Beth Grant – bethgrant@bellsouth.net

February 14, 2015, Basic Plant ID Workshop, Gaskins Forest Education Center, Alapaha, GA, Berrien County

Posted under: South Georgia.

Meet: 10:00 am, at the Gaskins Forest Education Center, 3359 Moore Sawmill Rd, Alapaha, GA, 31622

Field Trip Leader:  Bobby Hattaway

Description:  Pre-Registration required with a cap of 16 participants. Workshop participants will be expected to bring two items: 1) a 10X hand lens (loupe) and 2) a copy of Thomas J. Elpel’s Botany in a Day (preferably the 6th ed. which is the Patterns Method of Plant Identification).  If participants have a copy of Harris and Harris’ Plant Identification Terminology, it would be useful to bring it, but it is not required. The focus will be an appropriate blend of basic keying skills and common plant family recognition.  Attendees will be shown how to properly use a hand lens. Weather permitting, a portion of the workshop may be held outside (so dress accordingly).  The workshop could last till 3:30 or 4:00PM depending on interest and energy of the group.  Registration will be based on a “first come – first served” basis determined by the order of emails to Bobby Hattaway at botanikman@g­net.net The required book can be had via Amazon.com Marketplace: Used from $18.76 and new from $19.00 (16 used and 34 new as of 1 Dec 2014).

Optional Sunday Field Trip: Depending on the weather and interest, there will be an option for a limited number of folks to stay over in a cabin for a Sunday outdoor field trip experience which will probably be done by as early as 2PM. If interested in that option, contact Heather Brasell at (229) 339-3966 (cell) early.

Location & Directions:   The Gaskins Forest Education Center is located outside of Alapaha.

Alapaha is 20 miles east of Tifton on US 82. From Alapaha (junction US 82 and GA 129): Go south on GA 129 – 0.6 mi. Turn left on E Brunswick St. E Brunswick St becomes Moore Sawmill Rd. – 3.2 mi. 3359 MOORE SAWMILL RD is on the left. If you reach Rudolph Rd you’ve gone about 0.4 miles too far. Look for an old barn behind young longleaf pines. Call Heather Brasell at (229) 339-3966 (cell) if you get lost.

Meet at: The Gaskins Forest Education Center at 10 AM.

Bathroom Facilities: in the building

Advance Registration Required: by emailing botanikman@g-net.net

Participants will need to have: 1) 10X hand lens (loupe) and 2) a copy of Thomas J. Elpel’s Botany in a Day (preferably the 6th ed. which is the Patterns Method of Plant Identification)

Bring: Lunch, snacks, & water.

Contact: For questions and inquiries, Bobby Hattaway (email botanikman@g-net.net); cell phone 912-481-3011.

March 21, 2015, Early Spring Wildflowers, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Dade County

Posted under: North Georgia; West Georgia.

Claytonia caroliniana

Claytonia caroliniana,  Photo by Anita & Richard Reaves

 

 Trip Leader: Rich Reaves

Meet: 10:00 am, Bottom Entrance of Park (See directions)

Description: As a prelude to a later walk in the spring, we will visit the mouth of Cloudland Canyon to enjoy the really early flowers. We will walk the trail up into the canyon and loop back to the parking area. Then we will walk down to the cave near the parking area. The grade is gentle unless you walk to the upper cave entrance, but all trails in the lower canyon are very rocky. This area is one of Georgia’s botanical wonders and we should enjoy decumbent trillium (Trillium decumbens), three species of toothwort: cut-leaf (Cardamine concatenata), eastern slender toothwort (C. angustata), and dissected (C. dissecta), harbinger-of-spring (Erigenia bulbosa), green violet (Hybanthus concolor), and others. Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne) and toadshade trillium (Trillium cuneatum) may be out – but likely those two will wait until the subsequent trip to provide a display. We also will see trout lilies (Erythronium americanum ssp. harperi) in fine bloom if the sun cooperates.

Trillium decumbens

Trillium decumbens, Photo by Anita & Richard Reaves

 

At the end of the day, for those interested, we will drive up to the top and look at trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens), halberd-leaved violet (Viola hastata), and the view from the overlook.

Directions: From Atlanta take I-75 to exit 320. Go west on GA 136 through Villanow and Naomi (slight jog to left and then right). At Lafayette, take US 27 bypass around town to the north and follow the signs to stay on 136 past the Park’s main entrance and down the west side of the escarpment. At the bottom of the hill, the first road to the right (it turns off between the sides of a rock-lined entrance) is Canyon Park Drive (a loop). Take the first 90-degree turn you encounter to bear right on the loop and the entrance is an unpaved drive to the right in the first big curve.

Cloudland Canyon SP

Sitton’s Gulch Creek, Cloudland Canyon SP

 

Alternately, you can take interstate to Trenton (I-75 north to l-24 West to I59 South) and then follow 136 from the west side back to the park.

Walking: Moderate, primarily due to the rocky and uneven footing. No stairs on this trip! Sturdy shoes recommended because of the rocky, uneven ground and one parts of the walk to the cave may be wet depending on the recent weather.

Facilities: None at meeting site – facilities at the top of the canyon at the visitor center and at the overlook or at fast food joints in Trenton.

Bring: Lunch, water, bug spray.

Contact: Rich Reaves   rich.reaves@ att.net    770-827-5186 – cell but may not have service at trailhead

Sunday, March 22, 2015, Sosebee Cove Ficaria verna Eradication, Union County

Posted under: North Georgia.

Sosebee Cove Ficaria verna eradication – the saga continues. Preregister with the trip leader.  We need to alert the Forest Service as to who will be attending.

Trip Leader: Rich Reaves

Ficaria verna

Ficaria verna

Meet: Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 am

Description: Round three in our continuing effort at controlling this pernicious weed, which became established around the large buckeye tree, where it was displacing trout lilies and Dutchman’s breeches, and had expanded down the hill along the stream for quite a ways where additional displacement of native spring ephemerals was occurring.  We did not get it all in our previous efforts (It is never easy winning these battles), but we are making headway.  The density and extent of the plan has definitely been reduced and we are in the process of winning.  We need to strike early before seed set this spring. We will start the day by removing all observable plants and underground tubers of the exotic Ficaria verna (fig buttercup). Our efforts will assist the US Forest Service in maintaining the spectacular flora of Sosebee Cove.  We will collect all plant materials in garbage bags (I will provide) for proper disposal/destruction by US Forest Service personnel.
After we are done, we hopefully can enjoy a few of the early bloomers at the cove (although expect the blooms to be sparse).

Ficaria verna showing bublets

Ficaria verna showing bublets

Directions:  Proceed north from Dahlonega on US 19.  Turn left on GA 60 to Suches.  At Suches, turn right on Hwy 180 and continue to Sosebee Cove.  Note: Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking area

Walking: Easy, but you will spend a good deal of time on your knees.

Facilities: None after you get out of Suches.

Bring: gloves, appropriate footwear, water, snacks, lunch (if you wish to stick around for the post-work walk. Recommend wearing clothes you do not mind getting muddy – some of the plants to be removed grow along/within the stream and liquid dirt is a strong favorite to make an appearance.

Contact: Rich Reaves   rich.reaves@ att.net    770-827-5186 – cell but does not have service at Sosebee Cove.

Photos by Rich and Anita Reaves

March 28, 2015, The Pocket of Pigeon Mountain, Walker County

Posted under: North Georgia.

Meet: 10:00 at the Pocket Parking Lot.

Description:  Every year we look forward to spring and a trip to Georgia’s premier spot for early spring wildflowers.  This area, part of the Cumberland Plateau, contains many species rare to our state: Virginia bluebells, celandine poppy, bent trillium, Ohio buckeye, twin leaf, and a huge variety of other wildflowers.

Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla

Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla

Directions:  From I-75 exit 320, go west on GA 136, crossing US 27 onto GA 193 into downtown LaFayette. From South Main Street, follow GA 193 for 8 mi. to Davis Crossroads, at intersection with GA 341. Turn left on Hog Jowl Rd (sometimes unmarked but paved), go south 2.6 mi passing Mt Herman Baptist Church.  At top of next hill, turn left on Pocket Rd and  continue for 1.2 miles  to parking lot.

Walking: Short and easy around parking lot and on boardwalk.  Moderate on trail to falls and easy bushwhacking to twin leaf site.   

Facilities: None at site.  Fast food restaurants on North Main street in LaFayette.

Lunch:  Bring to eat in parking lot. 

Leader: Mike Christison (770) 973-6482, mikepaddler@netscape.net.  Cell for day of walk: (770) 596-3564 (reception not guaranteed!)

April 11, 2015, Cloudland Canyon State Park: Mid-Spring Wildflowers

Posted under: Northwest Georgia.

Trip Leader: Rich Reaves

Sitton Gulch Creek

Sitton Gulch Creek

Meet: Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 am

Description: We will do a walk-through from the top of the Canyon down to Sitton Gulch – including descending the stairs. If you have a car that can easily ferry people, please try and arrive a bit early and we will ferry a few vehicles to the bottom to provide a soft trip back up at the end of the day. We should see sulcate trillium (Trillium sulcatum), sweet little Betsy (Trillium cuneatum), decumbent Trillium (Trillium decumbens), doll’s eyes (Actea pachypoda), deciduous magnolias, azaleas, wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), larkspur (Delphinium tricorne), 6 – 10 species of violets, and more.

Delphinium tricorne

Delphinium tricorne, Photo by Anita & Rich Reaves

Directions: From Atlanta take I-75 to exit 320. Go west on GA 136 through Villanow and Naomi (slight jog to left and then right). At Lafayette, take US 27 bypass around town to the north and follow the signs to stay on 136 the Park’s main entrance.  Turn into the park and proceed to the East Rim Overlook parking area. Meet promptly at the Overlook parking area.

Alternately, you can take interstate to Trenton (I-75 north to l-24 West to I59 South) and then follow 136 from the west side back to the park.

Walking: Moderate, primarily due to the rocky and uneven footing, Moderate, but a lot of steps (575) on a maintained trail with stairs (we hope to only go down the stairs). Sturdy shoes with good tread are recommended as there will be rocky, uneven ground, one small stream to rock-hop or wade, and other parts of the walk that usually are wet and sloppy. We hope to go down the stairs only and shuttle cars back to the top.  You should only have to go back up the stairs if you want to.

Trillium sulcatum

Trillium sulcatum, Photo by Anita & Rich Reaves

Facilities: None at meeting site – facilities at the top of the canyon at the visitor center and at the overlook or at fast food joints in Trenton.

Bring: Lunch, water, bug spray.  We will eat somewhere down the canyon after we cross the creek.

Contact: Rich Reaves   rich.reaves@ att.net    770-827-5186 – cell but may not have service at trailhead

May 23, 2015, at 9:30 am Forest Service Roadside Botanizing in the Cohutta Mountains, Gilmer & Fannin Counties

Posted under: North Georgia.

Pedicularis_canadensis

Pedicularis canadensis

Trip Leader: Rich Reaves

Trillium luteum

Trillium luteum

Meet: Saturday, May 23 at 9:30 am (Note early time), Pinhoti Trail Parking Area on FS90

Description: We will drive along the Forest Service roads stopping to look at flowers along the way. There will be several short excursions form the cars, always along the road. We can expect to find several trilliums, 4-leaved milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia), wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum), lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majuscula), wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis), fire pink (Silene virginica), and much more. Some years the Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) is spectacular.

Spigelia marilandica

Spigelia marilandica

Directions: Take I-575/ GA 515 north to East Ellijay to turn left on GA 52 west. At approximately 5 miles west of the square on GA 52, turn right on Gates Chapel Road. When pavement ends, take the right fork (Wilderness Trail/ FR 90 – which is almost straight ahead); Gates Chapel continues as the left fork and you do not want to continue on that. At approximately 0.9 mile, continue straight on FR 90 (DO NOT turn left at WMA sign for Pinhoti Trail) and continue another 0.1 mile to Pinhoti Trail Parking on right side of FR 90(really just a wide turn out at a gated service road).

Convallaria majuscula

Convallaria majuscula

Carpooling is encouraged to minimize our parking footprint on the narrow unpaved roads.

Walking: Easy, probably all within 500 feet of cars.

Facilities:  Only what nature provides.

Silene virginica

Silene virginica

Bring: Lunch, water, bug spray.

Contact: Rich Reaves   rich.reaves@ att.net    770-827-5186 – cell but may not have service at trailhead

All photos by Anita & Richard Reaves