Friday, November 10, 2017, Grass-of-Parnassus, FDR State Park, Harris & Meriweather Counties

Posted under: Middle Georgia.

Meet: 10:00, at Rocky Point Trailhead Parking Lot, FDR State Park. We will leave a few cars, then carpool to the Boottop Trail Parking Area.

Description: The focus of this trip to FDR State Park will be to see a spectacular display of kidney-leaf grass-of-Parnassus, Parnassia asarifolia. In past years, this display has been at its best on or about Veteran’s Day.  The site is a boggy springhead on the south side of Pine Mountain.  Gentiana saponaria, soapwort gentian is another possibility for this wet area.  We’ll walk part of the Pine Mountain Trail, hopefully with colorful fall foliage and a wildflower or two along the way.  We should see a couple of American chestnuts, Castanea dentata on the way to the grass-of-Parnassus site.

Directions: From the Atlanta area, Take I-85 south to Exit 41 (I-185), and head south on US 27Alt.   Stay on US 27Alt all the way through the town of Warm Springs, then up the side of Pine Mountain.  Just as you top the crest of Pine Mountain, you will see GA 190 and the western entrance to FDR State Park.  Turn right onto 190 (heading west) and go just under 2 miles to the Rocky Point Trailhead parking lot on the left.  From the south, take US 27A north from Columbus until you crest Pine Mountain.  Turn left onto GA 190 and go to the Rocky Point Trailhead parking lot.

 Walking: Moderate.  We’ll walk approximately 2.4 miles of the Pine Mountain Trail, with the grass-of-Parnassus site just past midway.  The trail is rocky, but well-used and well maintained. 

Facilities: There are no facilities at the western end of FDR State Park.  Last facilities will be in Warm Springs.  However, we have managed to place trees, rocks and tangles of vegetation at regular intervals for your privacy and convenience. 

Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, $5.00 parking fee or annual pass, water, camera, binoculars to see features high in the trees, and a lunch to eat somewhere along the trail.  You can probably leave the bug spray at home this time.  Dress for the weather.

 

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

Posted under: South Georgia.

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

December 2, 2017, GA, Botsoc Holiday Party, Hampton, Georgia

Posted under: Meetings.

This year’s Holiday Party will be held on Saturday December 2, starting at 10 am. The event will be held at Newman Wetlands Center, located at 2755 Freeman Rd., Hampton GA 30228. You can find directions on their website at http://www.ccwa.us/newman-wetlands-center.

 
This is potluck lunch with a short walk afterwards. Bring a food or drink contribution and your best party spirit. We have a seed swap, so also bring any seeds you want to share. We welcome new members  to come as this is a great opportunity to get to know a lot more people than you will meet on any single field trip.