BOTSOC 2014 Field Trip Schedule

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Please note that the entire 2014 Field Trip Schedule is now posted on this website. To view, click on the Field Trip/Workshops tab in the menu bar at the top of this page, then click on 2014 Field Trip Schedule.

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)   tom.patrick@dnr.state.ga.us

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

Posted under: Atlanta area; Workshops.

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August 30-31, 2014, South Georgia Bog Weekend, Turner and Colquitt Counties

Posted under: South Georgia.

 

August 30-31, 2014,  South Georgia Bog Weekend, Turner County We have organized a bog weekend in south Georgia for August 30-31, which is an addition to the field trips listed on the Botsoc website. There are many good hotels in Tifton for participants staying overnight.

Yellow Trumpet Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia flava

Saturday afternoon August 30, 1 pm: ABAC bog in Turner County

Trip leader: Jay Scott, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Description: The site includes typical bog plants including three species of pitcher plants:  Yellow Trumpet,  (Sarracenia flava), Hooded Pitcher Plant,  (S. minor), and Parrot Pitcher Plant, (S. psitticina). Upland areas have a rich diversity of understory plants under scattered slash pine. Ecotone species include Lesser Ladies’ Tresses, (Spiranthes ovalis ), Blazing Star, (Liatris tenuifolia ), Hat Pins, (Eriocaulon compressum),  Redroot, ( Lachnanthes caroliniana),  and Tall Meadow Beauty, (Rhexia aliphanus). 

Meet :  1 pm in Ashburn I-75,  Exit 82, Ride-Share parking lot (NE corner of the exit) at 1 pm. Estimated duration 3 hours.

Contact information: Jay Scott, cell 706-340-7606; Heather Brasell, 229-339-3966

Other information:  No restroom facilities on site, but there are businesses at Exit 82, Ashburn.

Saturday evening August 30, 7 pm: Abraham  Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC)  meeting room in Tifton Speaker: To be confirmed . Location: To be confirmed Topic: To be confirmed – how soils influence plant communities. This will probably include bog soils, plant adaptations, and indicator species. We may look at USDA Web Soil Survey and help participants download their useful app, so we encourage you to bring laptops and smart phones. Wilson Baker will also introduce the sites for Sunday field trips. Estimated duration 1-1.5 hours

Sunday August 31:  Quail Ridge Plantation bog, Colquitt County

Trip leader: Wilson Baker

Description:  The site includes typical bog plants including three species of pitcher plants (Sarracenia flava, S. minor, and S. psitticina).  Also:  Purple Honeycomb, ( Balduina atropurpurea) and Stoke’s Aster, (Stokesia laevis).  In addition, the ecotone has native ground cover in longleaf pine stands, including the Federally and state endangered chaffseed.(Schwalbea Americana).

Meet:  9 am at Quail Ridge Plantation between Norman Park and Moultrie. Address for GIS is 3281 Moye Rd, Moultrie 31768 Estimated duration 3 hours morning plus optional afternoon trip.

Contact information: Wilson Baker 850-212-1106; Heather Brasell 229-339-3966

Other information: Restroom facilities at the lodge. Bring lunch and water if you want to continue for afternoon trip to another bog or a rocky outcrop.

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 mhodges@tnc.org

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014, Fall Line Sandhills WMA Followed by Botsoc Annual Meeting

Posted under: Middle Georgia.

NOTE:  The Botsoc Annual Meeting follows today’s field trip.  Details are posted after the field trip write-up below.

Saturday,  September 13, 2014,  Fall Line Sandhills WMA,  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Trip Leaders:   John Jensen and Hal Massie

Description:  Despite being one of the smallest wildlife management areas in Georgia, Fall Line Sandhills contains the highest density of state-listed species (animals and plants) of all. No less than 12 listed species, including at least six plants, are found here. The state’s largest population of federally listed pondberry is among them. Its bright red fruits are a rare sight and should be present. Other specialties at this site include sandhills golden aster, Pickering’s morning-glory, lax water-milfoil, and dwarf witch-alder. Late summer and early fall is a great time to visit the sandhills due to the high diversity of colorful composites in bloom. We’ll also explore depressional wetlands and seepage slopes.

Meet: 10:00 am. Location and Directions:  From the junction of GA Hwy 96 and US Hwy 19 in the town square of Butler (Taylor County), travel west on GA Hwy 96 for 2.6 miles (you will turn right at a stop sign to remain on 96 at about 2.4 miles) to Taylor County Industrial Park; turn right. We will meet at the entrance kiosk for the WMA which is immediately on the left after crossing the railroad tracks.

Bathroom Facilities:  None at site.

Walking:  Easy.

Bring: Lunch, snacks, water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and rain gear. The wetlands are usually low or dry at this time of year, but you are encouraged to bring, in addition to dry hiking shoes, hip boots, rubber boots, or shoes you don’t mind getting muddy in case of wet conditions. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera.

Contact: John Jensen, 478-550-4406 or <john.jensen@gadnr.org>


Georgia Botanical Society Annual Meeting  – Sept 13, 2014  3 P.M.,  
 following the Fall Line Sandhills WMA  field trip which ends at 2 P.M.

The meeting will take place at the Georgia DNR office at 116 Rum Creek Dr., Forsyth, GA 31029 in Monroe County, directly after the field trip to the Fall Line Sandhills WMA located inTaylor County.  Field trip attendees will caravan to Forsyth, GA for the meeting.  We will serve light refreshments, cold soft drinks and water. It is about a 45 minute drive from the WMA to the DNR office.

Agenda:

Welcome/Introduction - Vice President

Old Business - We have a proposal to amend the Bylaws as follows:

Currently the bylaws, specifically ARTICLE IV, Section 7, require that the election of officers be held during a meeting in September.  At a board meeting on May 4, 2012, a motion was made to amend the Bylaws to delete the words, “in September”  and in their place, add the words, “during the third quarter of the calendar year (the months of July, August or September”.)

This proposal was not presented to the full membership at that annual meeting due to low member turnout.  Since a Bylaws amendment requires a 2/3 vote of the members present, the motion was tabled until we have a meeting with a larger member turnout.

This change will allow the Vice President and the Field Trip Chair to officially begin work on the annual pilgrimage and the next year’s field trip schedule, earlier in the previous year. The Vice President and the Field Trip Chair do, in fact, begin work earlier on these projects, but may not officially hold these positions due to this timing problem.

This motion will synchronize their elections and/or Board appointments to the actual work schedule necessary to accomplish these tasks in a timely manner.

Officer/Committee Reports: Treasurer’s, Membership, Field Trips, Pilgrimage,Tipularia,  Newsletter,  Marie Mellinger Grant Program and Holiday Party plans.

New Business: 

Election of Officers -  Nominating Committee Chair will present the slate of officers and conduct the election.  After the election, the new officers will have photos taken and the meeting will be adjourned.

Board Members – Please note that immediately following the general business meeting, there will be a short Board of Directors’ meeting. Members are invited to stay for the Board Meeting.

 

 

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, rich.reaves@att.net, 770-827-5186

September 20, 2014, Grand Bay and Lake Louise, Lowndes County

Posted under: South Georgia.

 

Field Trip Leader:  Richard Carter

Meet: 10:00 am at The Grand Bay Wetland Education Center parking area.

Description: Imagine a walk through a Carolina Bay swamp without getting your feet wet, including spectacular aerial views! A quarter-mile boardwalk and 50 foot observation tower at Grand Bay Wetland Education Center afford the opportunity to observe a great diversity of aquatic vegetation and interesting patterns of zonation, including lots of graminoids and floating mats with water-spider orchid. At another site, we will observe the vegetation along the margin of a lime-sink pond, with a boardwalk providing easy access through a dense evergreen shrub bog, featuring such specialties as Georgia fever-bark, loblolly bay, cypress-knee sedge, white-arrow arum, and ball moss.

Directions: From I-75 exit 22, take North Valdosta Road east 3.9 miles to Inner Perimeter Road. Turn left on Inner Perimeter Road and travel 1.5 miles to Bemiss Road (Hwy. GA 125). Turn left (north) onto Bemiss Road. Travel about 1 mile to Knights Academy Road. Turn right (east) onto Knights Academy Road. Travel 4.9 miles until your reach the Grand Bay WMA gate on the left. Turn left (north) onto the gravel road, and travel 0.8 mile until you reach a T-intersection. Turn left (west), travel about 0.1 mile to the Grand Bay Wetland Education Center parking area.

Bathroom Facilities: none

Walking Difficulty: This hike is easy to moderate.

Bring: Lunch, snacks, & water. We will eat lunch at the Grand Bay Wetland Education Center parking area. Remember to dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera.

Contact: Richard Carter, rcarter@valdosta.edu, (229) 506-2099 (cell), (229) 333-5763 (VSU office, voice), (229) 333-5338 (VSU Herbarium).

September 27, 2014 9:00 A.M. (Note early start time) Panola Mountain State Park, DeKalb County – National Public Lands Day

Posted under: Atlanta area.

Panola Mountain State Park, DeKalb County  -  National Public Lands Day.  Grassland restoration ( 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.) and Panola Mountain Hike  after lunch.

Field Trip Leader:  Maureen Donohue

Description: We will join park staff and volunteers in planting wildflowers at a significant grassland restoration area in the park.  Some of us worked on this restoration two years so we will see how the work is progressing. After lunch Phil Delestrez, Resource Manager for Panola, will guide us on a brief walk up the mountain to see the pristine100 acre granite outcrop that has never been quarried. It is a rare untouched ecosystem.

Meet:   9:00 am at the Alexander’s Lake Parking area  for sign-in Panola Mountain State Park        Phone:  770 389-7801 2600 Hwy 155, SW Stockbridge, Ga 30281 GPS Coordinates :  N 33.623400     W -084 172800 Maps are available on the web site at www.gastateparks.org/Panola Mountain

Directions:  The park is located 18 miles southeast o Atlanta.  Take I-20 to Exit 68, Snapfinger Road/ Hwy 155. Travel south on Georgia Hwy 155 to the main park entrance. Take the first road to the left after entering the main gate.This is Alexander Lake Road.  It is a small road (and easily missed) that runs along the side of the park.  Alexander Lake Road will dead end into Flat Shoals Road.  That road is also called Klondike Road. Turn right on Flat Shoals Road. The park entrance to the Alexander’s Lake area will be on the left and is marked as an entrance to PMSP. Alternatively you may take Georgia Hwy 212 to Klondike Road to enter near the Alexander’s Lake parking area.

Bathroom Facilities: In the park

Walking Difficulty: Easy at the grassland; moderate for the mountain walk

Bring: Lunch to eat near the parking area, water.  You may wish to bring work or garden gloves as well as a camera, hand lens, notebook. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Special Requests:  The park asks that we pre-register. Send me your name so I can register the group. Please wear some BotSoc identification – a favorite t-shirt or hat or a logo patch.  It may invite conversation about our organization.  If you are talking to other volunteers, mention our great field trip program and invite them to join us.  Field trips are free and open to the public. You may wish to bring friends and family.This is a nice event. Contact:  Maureen Donohue  email- marinadono67@gmail.com   770-990-7756- cell.

Sunday, September 28, 2014, Tallassee Forest, Athens-Clarke County

Posted under: East Georgia; North Georgia.

Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:00 am-1:30 pm.

Field Trip Leaders: Linda Chafin and Karen Porter

Description: We will visit Tallassee Forest, a 310-acre tract of land on the Middle Oconee River in northwest Athens-Clarke County. Large size, high environmental quality, and relatively little recent disturbance allow it support a diversity of native plants, nongame wildlife, and eight of Georgia DNR’s high priority habitats: mature oak-hickory-pine forest, mesic hardwood forest, wetlands including a freshwater marsh, bottomland forest, canebrakes, springs and spring runs, small streams, and a medium-sized river. Of special interest is an unusual upland American holly forest and a bottomland forest with canebrakes and minimal invasives. The utility easements are covered with diverse fall wildflowers and grasses. More than 113 species of plants including 11 wetland species have been recorded to date. There are 56 species of butterflies (including three rare species) and 13 species of skippers, close relatives of butterflies. The rare Cane Brake Skipper is dependent on River Cane as a food source. So far, 63 species of birds, 13 families of aquatic invertebrates, and 22 species of amphipians and reptiles have been recorded.

Location & Directions: Tallassee Forest is off Tallassee Road in northwest Athens-Clarke County–we will meet at a nearby school and carpool from there to the Forest. From Atlanta, take I-85 north to Exit 137 – Jefferson/US Hwy 129. Drive south on US 129 for about 20 miles. Just outside Athens, turn right onto GA Hwy 10/Loop 10 South (aka “the bypass”) and drive SW about 1 mile to Exit 15 (Tallassee Rd-Oglethorpe Avenue). Turn right/west onto Tallassee Road. Proceed 4.3 miles and turn right into the Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School parking lot. Park in the school lot.

Meet 10:00 am at the parking lot of Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, 1600 Tallassee Road.

Bathroom facilities: none

Walking Difficulty: Moderate. We will be walking on old roads and utility easements. The walk is long so plan for 3½ hours. Bring: Lunch, snacks, and water. Dress for the weather, it will probably be hot in September, and wear sturdy walking shoes or boots. You may also want to bring binoculars, hand lens, and cameras.

Contact: Linda Chafin lchafin@uga.edu or Karen Porter at karengporter@gmail.com.