September 24, 2016, Dixie Bog/Easter Plantation, Brooks County

Posted under: South Georgia.

Dixie Bog/Easter Plantation, Brooks County
 
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10 am to 7:30 pm and Sunday, September 25, 2016, 10 am to 7:30 pm 
 
Location: Dixie Bog, Easter Plantation, Dixie, GA (Brooks County)
 
Description: The 47th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage trip to Dixie Bog this past April was such a popular success that BOTSOC is hosting two encore day-long explorations of this beautiful private property. Likely to harbor some of the most expansive remaining Coastal Plain seepage slope bogs in Georgia, Easter Plantation is fire-managed for quail hunting and is a mosaic of 2000+ acres of upland longleaf/slash/wiregrass savannah mixed with game food plots, creekside riparian corridors, depression oak forests, pond cypress swamps, and boggy seepage slope wetlands that host a myriad of unusual and specialized flora and fauna. Tall, robust Sarracenia flava (trumpet pitcher plant) and expansive S. minor patches (hooded pitcher plant) are mixed with Drosera tracyi (dewthreads), Pinguicula spp. (butterworts), and various Calopogon orchids. Even some S. flava x S. minor hybrids and backcrosses have been found. Other Coastal Plain bog flora abounds such as Sabatia, Rhexia, Ludwigia, Eriocaulon, Lachnocaulon, Xyris, Zigadenus, Polygala, Aletris, Pinckneya, Triantha, Marshallia, Aristida, Ctenium, and of course a huge diversity of asters, legumes, sedges, and other grasses. The Plantation is home to wildlife such as gopher tortoise, alligator, deer, turkey, bobwhite quail, fox squirrel, bald eagle, osprey, Bachman’s sparrow, and swallow-tailed kite. What flora and fauna will we discover there in late September? Come find out with us! 
 
BOTSOC members and guest non-members are welcome to attend either Saturday or Sunday (not both), but preregistration by email, phone, or text is required. Register by emailing Rebecca Byrd at rebyrd2012@gmail.comor calling or texting her at mobile # 770-369-5710. Include names of all guests and which day you will attend. Once registered, you will be emailed directions to the meeting place in Barwick and instructions for a pleasant and safe outing. Field trips may continue until dusk, but attendees can leave at any time. Be prepared for easy to moderate walking in muddy, mucky, and/or wet conditions. Please contact Rebecca by text or email with questions. Each trip will be limited to the first 15 people to register!
 
Trip leaders: Tom Patrick, State Botanist, DNR (706-476-4541) and Rebecca Byrd, Natural Heritage Program technician, DNR (770-369-5710

September 24, 2016, Meadow, Savanna, Other Grassland Habitats Workshop, Tift/Berrien County

Posted under: South Georgia.

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Creating Meadow, Savanna and Other Grassland Habitats in the Southeast Workshop  Tift/Berrien County
 
Registration is required and there is a cost
  
DateSaturday September 24, 2016
 
Description:  The objective of this workshop is to give the participants an introduction to grasslands of the Southeast and how to create them.  We will start with an overview of the grass and wildflower species common to meadows, savannas and other grasslands in the Southeast.  We will spend some time discussing the challenges of non-native species in grassland habitats, and then finish with a step by step program for creating new habitats and managing existing ones.  The first couple of hours will be in the classroom.  After lunch we will go out in to the field to look at grassland habitats in the area.
 
Cost:  The cost of the workshop is $10 to cover information packets and other administrative expenses.  Please make checks out to Georgia Botanical Society and mail check to:
Heather Brasell
9967 US 82,
Alapaha GA 31622
 
Location:  The exact location of the workshop is yet to be determined but will be in either Tifton or Alapaha (Tift or Berrien county).  We’ll announce this soon.
 
Time:  The workshop will run from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm with a break for lunch in the middle of the day.
 
The workshop is limited to 15 participants and will be available on a first come first serve basis.  Please send an email to Walter Bland at jwbland3@gmail.com with your name, address, telephone number and email, if you want to participate.  Then mail your check per the instructions above.

Sunday, September 25, 2016, Tallassee Forest – TRIP CANCELLED!

Posted under: Northeast Georgia.

The September 25, 2016 field trip to Tallassee Forest has been cancelled at the request of the trip leaders.

Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2016, SE Georgia Pitcher Plant Bog Restoration Party

Posted under: Southeast Georgia.

Field Trip Leader: Lisa Kruse 

Description: Go WHOLE-BOG and join in habitat restoration for pitcherplants as well as learning about herbaceous bog ecology and plants! This trip includes bog work parties at the Manassas Bogs (Oct 1) and at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park (Oct 2). The task will be to hand-cut shrubs away from pitcherplants to improve their access to sunlight and water.

Manassas Bogs are the one Georgia location for Sarracenia purpurea var. venosa (Coastal Plain purple pitcherplant), and the work sites have a few huge individuals of unknown age. We will also see vigorous Sarracenia flava (trumpet pitcher plant), and abundant Sarracenia minor (hooded pitcherplant). These un-burned bogs have nice floristic diversity in their own right, but after working we will treat ourselves to an exceptional show of autumn-blooming grasses and wildflowers at a bog burned in April of this year. Other rare bog species likely blooming are 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.

The bog at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park has not seen fire for a long time, but Georgia Power has been keeping shrubs at bay with regular mowing. Individual plants need cutting of remnant shrubs and mowing debris. Here we will see an impressively large population of Sarracenia rubra (sweet pitcherplant). We will also count numbers of pitcherplant clusters in this population.

Please join for one or both days. We plan to work for 2-2.5 hours each day. At Manassas Bogs we will have a short but rich botanical foray after the work party and expect to finish by 4 or 4:30 PM. At Gordonia-Alatamaha, there is a boardwalk through lush bottomland forest near the work site that can be explored, and participants can choose to leave as needed for the trip home.

Meeting Locations: We will meet at the locations below and then caravan to work sites

October 1: 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.

October 2: 10:00 AM, Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park, Park Office, located near Reidsville in Tattnall County, just off U.S. Highway 280. From I-16, take exit #98 or #104.

Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park (http://gastateparks.org/GordoniaAlatamaha)

162 Park Lane, Highway 280 W

Reidsville, GA 30453

GPS Coordinates: N 32.082340 | W -082.122740

Bring: Work gloves, hand-pruners and/or loppers. 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 each day 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.

Manassas—Bernie’s Grocery at the meeting location has a basic restroom and snacks

Gordonia-Alatamana—Restrooms and snacks are available at the park office and golf clubhouse

Lodging suggestion: Cabins and camping are available at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park. 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

 

Monday, October 10, 2016 9:00 am (Columbus Day) *Note early start time!*, Pine Mountain Trail to Wolfden, FDR State Park, Meriwether County

Posted under: Middle Georgia.

Pine Mountain Trail to Wolfden, FDR State Park, Meriwether County

Monday, October 10, 2016   9:00 am (Columbus Day) *Note early start time!*

Trip Leader:  Hal Massie

Description:  This trip will start at the eastern terminus of the 23 mile long Pine Mountain Trail in FDR State Park.  The trail will make several stream crossings and pass at least four cascades on Wolfden Branch.  Pine Mountain has a unique flora that consists of Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Mountain species.  We will see odd pairings, like galax, Galax urceolata, growing under ti-ti, Cyrilla racemiflora; and chestnut oak, Quercus montana towering over devilwood, Cartrema americanum.  Along the way we will also see a number of autumn flowering plants, including several species of Symphyotrichum.  The turning point of the trip will be at the State Champion loblolly pine, Ferney, next to Cascade Branch.

Directions to Meeting Location:  Meet at the WJSP Tower Parking Lot just north of the intersection of US 27 ALT and GA 190.  From Atlanta, take I-85 south to Exit 41.  Take US 27 ALT south through Moreland, Luthersville, Greenville, and Warm Springs.  The parking area is about 3.4 miles south of Warm Springs on the right side just before cresting Pine Mountain.  Look for a huge TV antenna.   From the south, take US 27 north from Columbus.  At the top of Pine Mountain (at the Callaway Country Store), turn right on GA 190 and drive approximately 12 miles across FDR State Park to US 27 ALT.  Turn left on US 27 ALT and almost immediately turn into the parking area on the left.

Bathroom Facilities: None.

Walking Difficulty:  Moderate.  The trail is rocky and occasionally wet at stream crossings.  The farthest point in will be about 2.75 miles, for a total walking distance of 5.5 miles.

Bring: Hand lens, water, lunch, curiosity.  Dress for the weather. You must have a state park pass or pay a $5 parking fee at the trailhead

Contact: Hal Massie, massiefarm@aol.com 478-957-6095 (cell reception is fair in the area)

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Workshop: Field ID of Grasses, State Botanical Garden, Athens, Clarke County

Posted under: Northeast Georgia; Workshops.

This plant ID workshop is a joint effort of the Botsoc and GNPS.

To register, contact Linda Chafin at: workshop3@gnps.org

 

 

October 29, 2016, Workshop: Field ID of Pines and Hemlocks at Tallulah Gorge, Rabun County

Posted under: Northeast Georgia; Workshops.

This plant ID workshop is a joint effort of the Botsoc and GNPS.

To register, contact Leslie Edwards at: workshop4@gnps.org

 

 

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, 10:00 am (Veteran’s Day), Fall Color on Pine Mountain, Harris and Meriwether Counties

Posted under: Middle Georgia.

View from Dowdell Knob, Pine Mountain

View from Dowdell Knob, Pine Mountain

Field Trip Leader:  Hal Massie 

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Fall on Pine Mountain

Description:  This trip will be a driving and walking tour of FDR State Park, with an emphasis on fall foliage color.  Pine Mountain is home to the largest population of Georgia Oak, Quercus georgiana in the explored galaxy, as well as large populations of Alabama cherry, Prunus alabamensis.  We will also see large old-growth montane longleaf pines, Pinus palustris and shortleaf pines, Pinus echinata. Several overlooks along the way will give us inspiring views into   Pine Mountain Valley.  Hopefully, we will be able to stop for a brief visit to an historical stand of longleaf planted by FDR. 

Location & Directions:  Directions: Take I-85 south to I-185 and continue south.  At Exit 42, turn south on US 27.  Stay on US 27 South through the town of Pine Mountain and past Callaway Gardens.  At the top of Pine Mountain, turn left unto GA 190.  Go about three miles and turn right into the lower parking lot of the Park HQ.

Meet At:  The parking lot below the FDR State Park HQ.

Bathroom Facilities: Only at the park HQ. 

Walking Difficulty: Walking portions of this trip will be short and easy. The longest walk will be about a half mile in, then back to the parking area.  Trails are rocky.

Bring: Lunch, snacks, & water.  We will try to eat at Dowdell’s Knob, the highest point on Pine Mountain.  Picnic tables are available at the Knob.

 

Contact: Hal Massie, massiefarm@aol.com, 478-957-6095