July 22, 2017, Georgia Botanical Society Annual Meeting, near Macon Georgia

Posted under: Meetings; Middle Georgia.

The Georgia Botanical Society’s annual meeting will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 10 am at the State Headquarters of the Georgia Forestry Commission near Macon, GA. The meeting will be followed by a slideshow presentation by Rich Reaves about last summer’s field trip to Wyoming. Bring a brown bag lunch.
 
Location State headquarters of the Georgia Forestry Commission, 5645 Riggins Mill Rd., Dry Branch GA 31020.  From I-16 Exit 6, go north on US-23 (Ocmulgee E Blvd.), right on Joe Tamplin Industrial Blvd., right at the caution light on Riggins Mill Rd.  GFC is on the right.  Use the second entrance for parking area. Contact JoAnne Romfh (678-461-4466) or Heather Brasell (229-339-3966) for details if needed.
 
 

August 19, 2017, Florida Panhandle Roadside Botanizing

Posted under: Uncategorized.

August 19, 2017, Florida Panhandle Roadside Botanizing,

Posted under: Out of state

Meet: 9:00 AM, Hampton Inn, Quincy, Florida 165 Spooner Rd. Quincy, FL 32351

(I-10 Exit 181) (850) 627-7555

Description:  This will be a roadside botanizing trip along Florida Highway 65 and connecting roads to see an array of summer wildflowers. The last time we offered this trip, August, 2013, we saw multiple species of Platanthera including the rare P. chapmanii, and others, Lilium Catesbaei, Stokes aster, Liatris species, Sabatia species, Zigadenus glaberrimus, many other plants and a few fauna species such as butterfly caterpillars (larvae).

Location:  Along Florida Highway 65 and nearby and connecting roads.

Walking:  Short, easy walks from vehicles with limited off trail excursions.

Facilities:  At the Hampton Inn and possibly during certain stops

Bring:  Good shoes. Also, camera, binoculars, tick and insect repellent, lunch and snacks.

Leader:  Contact: Jim Drake (678) 482-2127, drake3800@charter.net. Virginia Craig is the trip leader. Note: Registration is necessary.  Trip limited to 25 persons.  Call or email trip leader to confirm reservation. It is understood that sometimes the unexpected happens, but please only register if you are fairly certain of attending. If necessary, a waiting list will be kept.  

August 20, 2017, Greenwood Plantation, Thomas County

Posted under: South Georgia; Uncategorized.

Meet:  8:30 AM, Hampton Inn, Thomasville, Georgia 1950 Ga Highway 122, Thomasville, GA 31757. 844-535-4105

Note time change to earlier time. We will meet at the above Hampton and caravan to the Greenwood Plantation.

Description:  Greenwood Plantation encompasses thousands of acres including 1000 acres of old-growth longleaf pines. This will be a trip along forest roads from off-road vehicles. The last time we offered this trip, August, 2013, we saw multiple species of Platanthera including P. ciliaris, P. cristata, P. conspicua, P. integra, Giant Orchid, Habenaria quinqueseta, milkweed species, other wildflowers and a few butterfly caterpillars (larvae).

Location:  Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia.

Leader:  Contact: Jim Drake (678) 482-2127, drake3800@charter.net. Wilson Baker is the trip leader. Note: Registration is necessary.  Trip limited to 25 persons.  Call or email trip leader to confirm reservation.  It is understood that sometimes the unexpected happens, but please only register if you are fairly certain of attending. If necessary, a waiting list will be kept. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017, Mountain Bog, Montane Purple Pitcher Plant & Cuthbert’s Turtlehead (Rabun County)  

Posted under: Uncategorized.

Trip leader: Carrie Radcliffe

Description: We will tour a restored bog that protects multiple rare plant species that have been successfully established in a cooperatively managed site on the Chattahoochee National Forest near Clayton. Cuthbert’s turtlehead will be blooming, and pitcher plants will be fruiting. We will see the many seedling recruits that have been taking hold as the site has been opened to enhance habitat for the sun-loving bog denizens. Visitors will be required to sign and honor a secrecy agreement that protects the location of sensitive species and habitat (per Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance guidelines). 

Meet: 10 am at the Clayton Ingles on Hwy 441

Facilities: At store. 

Difficulty: Medium. Curvy roads, limited parking, wetland habitat. We will carpool and/ or caravan to the site (~13 miles), travel a very short short distance on foot along flat ground, but rubber boots are recommended for the bog itself. 

Bring: Rubber boots, hat, water, bug spray, etc. If you bring lunch, we can picnic in the shade by the bog. 

Please contact Carrie Radcliffe (cradcliffe@atlantabg.org) if you would like to attend. 

 

 

 

September 9, 10, 2017, Invasive Plants Workshop: Friend or Foe, Berrien County

Posted under: Workshops.

Sept 9, 10, Invasive Plants: Friend or Foe Workshop

Hours: Sept 9: 10 am to 4 pm and Sept 10: 8:30 am to noon

Location: Gaskins Forest Education Center, Alapaha, GA, 3359 Moore Sawmill Rd, Alapaha GA 31622

Directions:  From I-75, Exit 62, take US 82 east for 19 miles to Alapaha. The center is 3.2 miles SE of Alapaha. From the Post Office, head south on GA-129. One block after crossing the old railroad bed, turn east (left) onto Brunswick St/Moore Sawmill Rd.  The Ed Center is 3.2 miles on the left.

Description: Focus will be on identification (Saturday) and control (Sunday) of invasive species while minimizing the impact on native species. Identification will focus on distinguishing native plants from non-native invasive plants that are in the same family or that look alike. For instance, we will compare native and invasive wisteria, honeysuckle, mints, etc. We will look at basic physiology of the plants (e.g. reproductive strategy, seed viability) so we can prioritize which species to target and decide when and how to control them. We will look at site factors and level of infestation to decide on management strategies. We will also look at control methods to select the herbicide and application technique that is appropriate for site, level of infestation and mixture of native and invasive plants. The goal is to get rid of invasives and improve the site for native plants.

Facilities: available at the Ed Center.

Heather has a couple of cabins available with limited number of beds but plenty of floor space. Contact her if you’d like to stay overnight.

Leaders: Heather Brasell, Cell 229-339-3966; Walter Bland and Karan Rawlins

Workshop limit 15: Contact Heather Brasell to register heather.brasell@gmail.com, 229-339-3966.