BOTSOC 2014 Field Trip Schedule

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 10:00 am, Sunday, August 17, 2014 – 10:00 am, Oaky Woods Weekend: Prairies and Butterflies, Houston County

Posted under: Middle Georgia; Workshops.

Field Trip Leader:  Tom Patrick

Description: We will explore several blackland prairies for unusual plants and conduct a butterfly count.  Each day will offer new prairies to explore.  Butterfly experts will be on hand.  Depending on summer heat, we will also explore limestone bluffs and cooler places.

Location & Directions:  From Macon, take Exit 160A, Interstate 75, then south on GA Hwy. 247, pass Robins Air Force Base, continue to Bonaire, jct. with GA Hwy. 96, ca. 5 miles south of Warner Robins.

Meet:   Flash Foods/Taco Bell in Bonaire, corner of GA Hwy. 247 and 96.

Bathroom Facilities:   At the meeting site only. Participants (Saturday ONLY) invited to nearby Yoder’s Mennonite restaurant for dining afterwards

Walking Difficulty:  Easy to moderate, lasting all day, some bushwhacking, covering up to 3 miles, mostly in grassy habitat and along jeep trails.

Bring:  Snacks, water, lunch, butterfly binoculars, notebook, hat, sunscreen.  Wear long pants, hiking shoes for ankle support and double socks to avoid ticks and chiggers.

Contact: Tom Patrick, (706)476-4541 (cell)

August 23, 2014, Hickory (Carya) Tree ID Workshop, Dunwoody Library, DeKalb County

Posted under: Atlanta area; Workshops.

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September 6, 2014, Williams Bluffs Preserve, Early County

Posted under: South Georgia; West Georgia.

 Meet:  10:00 am

Trip Leader:  Malcolm Hodges

 Description:  We will meet at the preserve gate, and carpool around the 1000-acre preserve, hitting the major habitats. The preserve includes longleaf pine sandhill woodlands (regularly burned), isolated limesink depressional wetlands, mixed-pine flatwoods, rich hardwood bluff forests, and various bottomland swamp communities along the Chattahoochee River.  We should see at least two rare species, Florida willow (Salix floridana) and swamp black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia auriculata), the latter in flower. We will drive to the different habitats and explore from the vehicles on foot. Directions to Meeting Location:  10:00 a.m. Directions to Williams Bluffs Preserve from Atlanta (allow 3.5 hours):

  1. I-85 South to I-185 (Exit 21, about 63 miles);
  2. I-185 South to End at U.S. 27 south of Columbus, about 50 miles;
  3. U.S. 27 south to S.R. 62 in Blakely, about 90 miles;
  4. West (right) on S.R. 62 to Hilton, about 11 miles;
  5. In Hilton, turn left on S.R. 370 south, just before RR crossing;
  6. About 6 miles down the road watch on the right for a small white switching shack along the railroad line that parallels the road on that side.  Shortly after the shack, turn right onto a dirt driveway leading across the tracks and through a field to a gated fence.  (If the railroad track is no longer visible on the right side of the road, or you have come to the GP plant entrance on the right, you have gone too far.)

 Bathroom Facilities: None at the preserve. Nearest bathroom at convenience store 1.5 mi S.

 Walking Difficulty:   Most walking will be in flat or slightly sloping land. Some bluff forests can be steep and difficult to traverse.

Bring:   Lunch, snacks, and water.  Dress for predicted weather, in layers.

Contact: Malcolm Hodges, 770-776-9194 or


September 20, 2014: Composite Torture, Walker County

Posted under: North Georgia.

Meet: 10:00 AM, Pinhoti Trail Parking Area HWY 136

Description: We will wander along the roadside and powerline right-of-way to examine the many composites in bloom.  We will work through identification keys and try to learn some basic composite identification skills. If we are lucky, there also will be some non-composites in bloom to give us a break during the day.

Directions: Take exit 320 on I-75 and go west on GA 136.  Continue right on 136 at “T”-intersection when 136C joins. The parking area is a gravel lot on the right 2.5 and 3 miles past this intersection.

Note: We will develop a Plan B on the fly if the roadside/right-of-way has been recently mowed rendering the area free of flowers.

Walking: Easy, but no trail.

Facilities:  Pit toilet in the parking area.

Bring: hand lens, composite keys/ID books, Lunch, water, bug spray.

Trip Leader: Rich Reaves,, 770-827-5186