The Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio

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Join us at our Annual Meeting or one of our walks or other programs.  For details about our Annual Meeting, see below.  For other events of our Society, see our 2013 Program Schedule of Events.

Events of Other Organizations

For events of some other environmental organizations, check out the Cleveland.com.  (Once you are at the Cleveland.com/entertainment page, look for the box on the right midway down the page titled “Search Arts & Entertainment Listings.”  Within that box, in the window that says “Event Type” select “Outdoors/ Hikes, runs, walks,” then search for the time period you wish.)

For a more complete list of nature events, check out the list of websites of various other environmental organizations given elsewhere on our website.

Annual Meeting of our Society

Our Annual meeting takes place duiring November each year. Please re-visit this page for updates.

In addition the Society will give a newly created award, "The Gentian Award", to a person or organization that has made a significat contribution to the study, appreciation, and conservation of the native plants and plant communities of Ohio. The 2012 recipient of this award was Mr. Perry Peskin.

2013 Program Schedule of Events

The Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio

For information, maps or reservations, please call person indicated in event description.

Sunday, March 10, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, “Urban & Suburban Meadows,” Solon Library Meeting room. Catherine Zimmerman’s 60-minute video inspires meadow and prairie creation to replace the ubiquitous non-native grass lawns across America. Plus a 13 minute video on how the Mohican State Park was created and how far it has come, created by the Ohio Department of Forestry. 34125 Portz Pkwy., Solon, OH, 44139. No registration required. Mike Nadeau will not be at this presentation.

Saturday, March 30, 9:00 am - Holden Arboretum, Corning Visitor Center. Instructor Julie Dougherty’s program "Early Risers" is a primer for the April 24th joint weekday walk (see immediately below). This indoor/outdoor program will focus on early spring wildflowers, their identification, folklore and other interesting stories. The program will start indoors and explore how best to identify wildflowers. During a casual walk through the Arboretum’s wildflower garden, we will then identify common wildflowers frequently found in our forests. NPSNEO members are invited to attend this class. If you are interested in participating, please register with Vonna Vecchio: 440-602-3833 - Code NAT102a. NPSNEO members will receive a reduced fee of $10. Walk is limited to 15 NPSNEO members. Please dress for the weather.

2013 Ohio Botanical Symposium Friday, April 5, 2013. The doors open at 8 am. Program starts at 9:15 am. Concludes at 3:30 pm. At Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, OH, 43229 Fee: $40 per person. Registration deadline: April 2, 2013. Keynote Speaker In 1963, the New York Botanical Garden Press first published Gleason & Cronquist's Manual of Vascular Plants, universally regarded as one of the most authoritative books on the region's flora. Major advances in botany since the Manual's last edition in 1991 have made a major revision of the Manual an obvious necessity. Under the energetic leadership of NYBG scientist Robert F. Naczi, this project is now underway. Dr. Naczi will speak about the Botanical Garden's lively history of plant exploration and will discuss his project's progress in updating the new flora for northeastern North America, including the identification, geographic distribution, frequency, ecology, and conservation of the wild plants of the region. Robert F. Naczi, Ph.D., is Curator of North American Botany at The New York Botanical Garden. His area of expertise is floristics of eastern North America, systematics and ecology of Cyperaceae (sedges), and systematics and ecology of Sarraceniaceae (carnivorous pitcher plants). He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan. For more information and registration, go to http://cmnh.org/site/ResearchandCollections/Botany/BotSymp.aspx.

Saturday, May 18, 9:00 am - North Kingsville Sand Barrens, Ashtabula County. Jim Bissell, Curator of Botany at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, leads this joint trip with NEON as a followup to his talk on 30 years of change along the Lake Erie shoreline that was part of our 30th anniversary celebration. Directions: I-90 to Rt. 193 N/North Kingsville. Proceed to US Rt. 20 east to Poore Road. Travel north on Poore Road. The preserve is on the west side, just north of the railroad tracks. A sign is located at its entrance. Boots and long pants are recommended.
Call Diane to register at 216-691-1929 (H) or 216-666-4870 (Cell).

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 am, Gott Fen, Portage County, led by Rick Gardner, ODNR botanist, and preserve manager Adam Wohlever. Gott Fen harbors more than 20 state-listed species including the largest population of showy lady’s-slipper in the state. The site, normally closed to the public, does not have a trail system and visitors are asked to wear appropriate footwear for wet conditions; knee-high boots recommended. Directions: take St Rt 43 south through Streetsboro to St Rt 303, turn right west. Situated between Stone Road and State Route 14. Limited parking along Rt 303, carpooling recommended. Registration required and limited due to fragile habitat. Call Judy to register at 440-564-9151 (H) or 440-279-0890(W).

Saturday, July 13, CWRU Squire Valleeview Farm.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 9am – noon, Jackson Bog, Adam Wohlever, District Preserve Manager, will lead us in search for pitcher plants, sundews, Grass of Parnassus, Queen of the Prairie, and much more. Although it is named as a Bog, it is actually a Fen and supports over 20 state listed rare plants. Directions: Take Rt 8 South. Merge onto I-77 South. Take exit 118 for OH-241 toward OH-619/Massillon. Turn right onto OH-241S/Massillon Rd. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on OH-241S/Massillon Rd. Continue to follow OH-241 South. Turn right onto Fulton Rd NW. Park across the street at the Jackson Community Park.

Saturday, September 7th. Bradley Woods with Wendy Wierich.

Satuday, September 28th, 12-noon. Gentian Walk, Audubon’s Aurora Sanctuary. Last year we tried this walk on a week night. The setting sun shortened our stay and the Fringed Gentians were already closed or closing for the day. Directions: From Rt 306/43 in Aurora, take Pioneer Trail East. The parking lot will be on the right just past Page Road.

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – Noon. Fall Fungus Intro and Walk, North Chagrin Reservation, Sanctuary Marsh Nature Center. Tom Sampliner offers a 45 minute indoor introduction to common fall fungus species followed by a fungus foray in search of fruiting specimens; 3037 SOM Center Road, Willoughby, OH Joint program with Cleveland Metro parks. Registration required Call Judy to register at 440-564-9151 (H) or 440-279-0890(W).

Saturday, October 12, 10:00 am, Gott Fen Stewardship Day, Portage County. The Native Plant Society has adopted this preserve to provide needed stewardship to protect the preserve from invasive species. On this work session we will cut European buckthorn under the direction of Rick Gardner, ODNR Botanist, and preserve manager Adam Wohlever. Wear appropriate footwear for wet conditions, knee-high boots recommended. Call Judy to register at 440-564-9151 (H) or 440279-0890(W).

Sunday October 13, 2pm. Gray Birch Bog, Brimfield. Chris Craycroft from the Portage Park District will lead this walk as the preserve is open only to guided tours. We will explore the unique fall flora that only bogs have to offer. For directions and reservations email Tracey at Shootingstarohio@gmail.com or call 330-388-9279 after 5pm by Friday 10/11.

November – Fun Facts & Folklore about Ferns, Fronds and Fiddleheads

Annual Meeting – fall 2013


SCHEDULE FOR WEEKLY WILDFLOWER WALKS

Spring Weekly Wildflower Walks – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required for these walks. But if you are lost, will be late, or want to see if the walk will be cancelled or postponed, call Tracey Knierim 330-388-9279 after 5 pm.

April 17 – Eagle Creek – This will be our 3rd year visiting this preserve. It is virtually untouched by deer and the wildflower selection changes weekly. This preserve never disappoints us! Join us to discover the diversity and abundance of wildflowers that this park has to offer. Directions: Take Rt 82 to Hiram. Continue east on Rt 305 to Nelson Twp. At the circle, take the first road to the right (Parkman Rd). At the split in the road, bear right on to Center Rd. At the first stop sign, turn left on to Hopkins Rd. the parking lot will be about a mile down the road on the right; 11027 Hopkins Rd., Garrettsville, OH 44231

April 24, 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Holden Arboretum, Corning Visitor Center. Instructor Ann Rzepka’s program "Late Bloomers” is considered part 2 of a series (see immediately above). Participants do not need to attend both classes. During this outdoor program we will look to see what has changed with the wildflower scene in the wildflower garden. Emphasis will be placed on the plant communities that wildflowers call home, as well as on which plants are endangered and threatened. Identification and folklore will be highlighted, along with best propagation practices and seed dispersal methods. The registration fee is waived for NPS members, but we will need to call Vonna Vecchio to register at 440-602-3833. Code NAT102b. This walk will be limited to 15 NPS members.

May 1st – Hells Hollow Wilderness Area. Joint program with Lake Metroparks. Search for Spring Ephemerals with Kathy Terrell. It is quite a hike down the steps and back up. Sturdy foot ware is advised. Directions: Take I-90 to Vrooman Road and go south for ½ mile to Carter Road and turn left (east) for about 2 miles to Paine Road and turn left (north). Proceed north on Paine Road to Blair Road. Take Blair Road for about 1 mile to Ford Road and turn right (east) for about 1 mile to Trask Road and turn right (south). Continue south on Trask to Brockway Road. Follow Brockway Road one mile to Leroy Center Road. Turn right and the entrance to the park is on the right. 14437 Leroy Center Rd., Leroy Twp., OH 44086

May 8th –Headwaters Park, Geauga Park District. Enjoy the diversity of colorful spring wildflowers including twin leaf in this mature woods that traverses along beautiful East Branch Reservoir. discover fascinating folklore associated with wildflowers. Bring binoculars for a look at waterfowl on the reservoir too. Joint program with Geauga Park District. Directions: take Rt. 322/ Mayfield Rd east through Geauga County to Rt 608 in Claridon Township. continue east about 0.6 miles to parking area on south side of road.

May 15 – Camp Spelman, Portage Park District. Joint program with Chris Craycroft and the Portage Park District. This new park is currently not open to the public, so we are fortunate to be able to explore the old boy scout camp’s wetlands and woods for Spring wildflowers. Directions: At the intersection of routes 43, 303, 306, and 14 in Streetsboro go south on RT 43 to the first traffic light. Turn right onto Seasons Rd. Turn left onto Ferguson Rd. The camp will be on the left.

May 22 – Hemlock Creek Picnic Area, Bedford Reservation. This will also be our 3rd year for this walk. Every year we have found over 50 species of native wildflowers in the flood plain. The highlight of this trip is the White Virginia Bluebells. Directions: Take I-271 Exit at Broadway. Go west on Broadway. Veer to the left onto Union Street. Turn left on Egbert Rd. Turn right into Bedford Reservation on Gorge Parkway. Follow Gorge Pkwy until it ends. Turn right onto Dunham Rd. Cross over the bridge and immediately turn right onto Button Road. Follow the Hemlock Creek driveway to the end: 14500 Button Road, Bedford, OH 44146.

May 29 – Kent & Triangle Bogs. This will be our 3rd year for this trip too. It’s probably our most popular weekday wildflower walk. The Pitcher Plant flowers are amazing at this time of year. We will meet at & walk the Kent Bog first and then car pool to Triangle Bog. Be prepared for insects. Directions: Take Rt 43 south through Kent. Turn right onto Meloy Rd. The parking lot is about ¼ mile down the road on the left.

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of Northeastern Ohio

Conservation Guidelines for Field Trip Participants
Before a field trip we think it is a good idea to remind ourselves about some of the specific conservation practices guiding us during our walks. Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with the Conservation Guidelines below.

We keep to an absolute minimum any disturbance of the areas we visiy.

  • Chief Seattle: Take only memories; leave only footprints.

  • We do not remove any plants, unless of course we are removing invasives or they are being removed for educational or scientific purposes by someone qualified in botany.

  • We are careful not to trample plants or tread in areas that are particularly sensitive.

  • When photographing a plant, we do not disturb it or the plants nearby.

  • We are cautious about the disclosure of the location of a site if it is the home of a rare species, or it is private land, or public land with restricted access.

  • Before going into the field on a trip, we wash off our footwear, since leaves, mulch, compost or soil on our shoes can carry unwanted seeds from invasive plants and earthworms or their cocoons into the area we are visiting.

The Native Plant Society


of Northeastern Ohio

Guidelines for Field Trip Leaders

Inform participants of our Conservation Guidelines for Field Trip Participants and take responsibility for making sure those guidelines are observed.

  • Be prepared to discuss the purpose of the outing and, to the extent practicable, helpful background material about the area and plants to be seen.

  • Obtain permission, preferably written, to conduct a walk on private lands (including land trusts and not-for-profit organizations).

  • Know the regulations for the area you are visiting. For example, many land management agencies prohibit pets in natural areas, even on leashes. Be aware of such regulations and notify participants, preferably in advance.

  • In planning a walk, try to make sure at least one person in the group is familiar with the area and knows the trails, sites of ecological sensitivity, and potential hazards.
  • Make sure the participants know before the walk begins, and preferably when advertised, whether the walk involves hazardous terrain or wet conditions. 

  • When walks are held in ecologically sensitive sites, such as bogs or dunes, consider limiting the number of participants. Also consider encouraging the use of binoculars to view plants of interest in sensitive areas.

  • Encourage the use of good field guides and hand lenses.
  • Report any significant plant discovery to the appropriate person or agency.

  • Be a good scout; be prepared.

These Guidelines are adapted from the “Guidelines for Walks” of the North Carolina Native Plant Society.

Summaries of past Activities

Mentor Marsh – August 13, 2011

After a hot summer, it was nice to have a beautiful summer day for a hike at Mentor Marsh, the 673 acre State Nature Preserve near Lake Erie. Natalie Gertz-Young, a part-time naturalist for Cleveland Museum of Natural History who manages the marsh, led the trip. Beginning at the nature center, we looked at the various exhibits and maps of the marsh and its location in the abandoned river channel of the Grand River. We then headed outside to see the rain garden that was installed last year with funding from one of the Native Plant Society grants awarded each year at the annual meeting. Plants included dense blazing star, cup plant, joe-pye weed, beard tongue, cardinal flower and purple coneflower. We then relocated across the marsh to the Zimmerman Trail, located on the forested ridge along the north side. Mentor is experiencing an explosion of the deer population with numbers estimated at 30 per square mile resulting in very little understory. Possible culling methods are being discussed. Two stops along the trail included a man-made vernal pool that was teaming with plant and animal life and a deer exclosure that represented the diversity of plant life that would be growing if the deer population was less. Our final stop was to the boardwalk constructed with fire-resistant wood after the previous board walk was burned in one of the marsh fires. Management of the invasive reed grass, Phragmites australis, along the boardwalk allowed for a great diversity of flowering herbs including two members of the parsley family, water parsnip and bulb-bearing water hemlock, blue vervain, swamp milkweed, umbrella sedge and various smartweeds. We enjoyed watching a great diversity of insect life visiting the flowers before calling it a day.as a beautiful

Coneflower, Eastern Purple 3 Blazing Star, Dense Cardinal Flower 1 Cup-plant 2
       
Coneflower, Eastern Purple
Echinacea purpurea
Blazing Star, Dense
Liatris spicata
Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis
Cup-plant
Silphium perfoliatum
       
Milkweed, Swamp      
       
Milkweed, Swamp
Asclepias incarnate
    Photographs - Ami Horowitz

Big Creek Park, Geauga County  – May 10, 2011

After-Work Wildflower Walk  -

It was a beautiful evening for a hike with the weather was in the low 70’s. This after-work wildflower walk was one in a series of Tuesday walks offered by the Native Plant Society during April & May in different locations around northeast Ohio. This one was co-sponsored with GPD. Twenty eight people hiked the Wildflower and part of the Hemlock trail at Big Creek Park enjoying the great diversity of spring flowers. With the cooler April temperatures many of the early wildflowers were still in bloom while the later species were just starting to bloom, resulting in a species count of 40 kinds of flowers. Medicinal and food uses along with name origins and interesting insect pollination strategies were shared. The group was a great mix of novice and expert flower enthusiasts who shared their own stories along the way.e sun finally came out

Holden Arboretum, Lake County – April 23, 2011
The sun finally came out after a week of rain as 19 people met with the intention of exploring Stebbins Gulch.  Jim Bissel, Curator of Botany with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, led this joint trip with the Museum's North East Ohio Naturalists, NEON for short. Tom Yates and Nate Beccue from the Arboretum joined us.  With the heavy rain the night before, the group decided that the gulch might be a little too deep to traverse so decided to explore some of the other natural area of Holden Arboretum.  Following Foster Creek through a mature woodland brought us to a vernal pool where Jim looked for moss that harbors a certain species of beetle.  The majority of time was spent traversing the stream and enjoying the diversity of wildflowers that had finally emerged after the cold spring.  Species seen included various woodland sedges, squirrel corn, trout lily, white and red trillium, spring beauty, cut-leaved and tow-leaved toothwort, wild ginger, purple cress, dwarf ginseng, sharp-lobed hepatica and golden saxifrage.  Jim pointed out the difference between the more northern giant blue cohosh, Caulophyllum giganteum, which has longer stiles on the pistil than the more southern C. thalictyroides.  The group followed Foster Creek until it met up with Pierson's Creek then made their way back up the valley.

       
A- Cohosh, Blue 1 - Caulophyllum thalictroides 1 - C Ami Horowitz 2007 Spring Beauty 2 - Claytonia virginica Toothwort, Cutleaf 1 - Dentaria laciniata B - Trillium, Red 1 - Trillium erectum 1 - C Ami Horowitz 2003
Cohosh, Blue  - Caulophyllum thalictroides Spring Beauty - Claytonia virginica Toothwort, Cutleaf - Dentaria laciniata Trillium, Red - Trillium erectum
       
A- Trillium, Large-flowered 2 - Trillium grandiflorum 2 - C Ami Horowitz 2008 A- Trillium, Large-flowered 4 - Trillium, white, Trillium grandiflorum 4 - C Ami Horowitz 2007    
 Trillium, Large-flowered  - Trillium grandiflorum Trillium, Large-flowered - Trillium grandiflorum - old flower   Photographs - Ami Horowitz

Klyn Nursery Tour – October 16, 2010
Doug Yates, NPS board member and Certified Master Arborist who has worked for Klyn Nursery for 4 years, gave the group of 17 a behind the scenes tour of the wholesale nursery. Klyn Nursery, which has been in existence since 1921, has 500 acres, 50 of which are in containers. With 30 employees they sell to landscapers, garden centers, and park districts. They propagate nearly 200 species of native ferns, grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees along with a large collection of native cultivars. Water for the plants is from a pond and rain water with much of the nursery set up with a
drip irrigation system to minimize excess water usage. A special mix of soil which uses composted municipal waste from Mentor mixed with pine bark, hardwood chips, silica gravel and peat is their growing medium. Doug showed us many of the specific areas where plants are grown including the wetland and pond edge species and the shade houses.

Klyn Nursery, Tracey Knierim Tracey Knierim Tracey Knierim Tracey Knierim
       
Tracey Knierim Tracey Knierim Tracey Knierim Tracey Knierim
       
Tracey Knierim    Photographs - Tracey Knierim    
  Shooting Star Photography    
       

Thompson Ledges, Geauga County – April 17, 2010

This joint program with Geauga Park District was led by Native Plant Society president Judy Barnhart. A group of about 35 people explored the upper part of the Sharon Conglomerate sandstone ledges where a chestnut oak community dominates. Early low blueberry was in bloom along with the early blooming trailing arbutus, which was our trip goal to see. We almost missed its bloom period due the exceedingly warm 80 degree temperatures in early April. Another plant along the upper ledges was the rock cap or polypody fern which hangs right off the rock ledges. After skirting the upper ledge area we made our way down through an opening in the sandstone. Following along the base of the ledges an entirely different plant community exists. Hemlock and yellow birch dominate along with many of our spring wildflowers including sweet white violet, trilliums and mayapple. Features of the rock included bands of quarts pebbles, honeycomb weathering patterns, crossbedding, and large cracks or fissures in the rock. Many of the fissures cause large blocks to shift away from the main face revealing narrow channels to traverse. The non porous shale underlying the sandstone caused seeps and springs to arise at the base of the sandstone. A large butternut tree with numerous chewed nuts at the base culminated our trip of the ledges to the south. The group then proceeded to the more remote section north of Thompson Road. The highlight was a beautiful, large hobblebush in full bloom at the base of the ledges. A small stream cascading over the ledges created a waterfall and a small wooden bridge was constructed below. Part of this area was previously owned by the boy scouts. Some of the kids explored the smaller openings in the rocks trying to determine if the legend of a bear living there could be substantiated.

       
Arbutus, trailing, Epigaea repens  Wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens Rock-cap fern, Polypodium virginianum Solomons seal, great, Polygonatum canaliculatum
       
   
       
Photographs - Ami Horowitz      

Windsor Woods, Trumbull County – May 8, 2010

Jim Bissell, Curator of Botany with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, led this joint trip with the Museum’s North East Ohio Naturalists group, NEON for short. This nearly 1000 acre parcel owned by the Sampco Company is dominated by wetland habitat. The day was cool and windy with occasional light rain. After making our way about ½ mile back through old farm fields and scrub meadows we entered the wooded portion of the property. Situated in the flood plain of the Grand River, this section of the river has not entrenched itself in a stable channel and meanders between different channels periodically. In addition to these old channel ponds, the wet woods contained sphagnum moss hummocks interspersed with hollow depressions from wind thrown trees.  The woods contained swamp white oak, yellow birch and high bush blueberry, as well as a nice diversity of spring wildflowers. Being a typical Jim Bissell hike, we plunged right through the swamp forest and wetlands, those without knee high boots jumping from sphagnum hummocks to keep their feet dry.  Jim was hoping to document the presence of the West Virginia White butterfly whose numbers have been declining due to the spread of the invasive garlic mustard which it confuses with native mustards that it lays its eggs on. One butterfly was discovered hiding from the rain in a sphagnum hummock. All made it out relatively dry.

       
   
Ginseng, dwarf, Panax trifolius   Photographs - Ami Horowitz

Fern Workshop – July 10, 2010

This joint program with Geauga Park District was led by Native Plant Society president Judy Barnhart. The program began with an overview of the fern life cycle, parts of the fern, and the varieties of sori patterns found in ferns. Sori are groupings of capsule-like sporangia that contain the reproductive spores. Sori patterns come in comma, shield, linear, and cup shapes, to name a few, and help determine fern identification. Numerous samples were available for reference. The group practiced keying out a couple ferns using the Fern Finder booklet then headed down the trail to see what was out. Several common species were seen along the upland trails before heading down to a stream valley and following a nearly dry creek bed where the moist soil is ideal for fern growth. In total, 13 different species were encountered growing native with an additional 10 northeast Ohio ferns available as samples.

     
Fern Workshop, NPS, Swine Crk Pk, Ami Horowitz 2010-07-10 180 Fern Workshop, NPS, Swine Creek Park, Ami Horowitz 2010-07-10 182 Sensitive fern, Onoclea sensibilis, Ami Horowitz 2010-07-10 212 Woodfern, spinulose - Shield fern, Dryopteris carthusiana, Ami Horowitz
Fern Workshop, Swine Creek Park with Judy Barnhart Fern Workshop, NPS, Swine Creek Park Sensitive fern, Onoclea sensibilis Woodfern, spinulose - Shield fern, Dryopteris carthusiana
       
2010-07-10 258 Glade fern silvery - Spleenwort, silvery, Deparia acrostichoides, Ami Horowitz      
Glade fern silvery - Spleenwort, silvery, Deparia acrostichoides Photographs - Ami Horowitz    
 

Waltons Beach, Ashtabula – August 14, 2010

Rick Gardner, state botanist with ODNR Division of Wildlife, led this trip to one of the best beach dune communities in the state.  This public beach owned by the city of Ashtabula, though relatively small in size, has a great diversity of species typical of a beach community which would be found growing along the coast. Twelve state listed plants are found here.  Though it was a very warm and humid day, a cool lake breeze made it fairly comfortable. Grass species seen included sand dropseed, purple sand grass, and beach grass which helps stabilize the dunes. We had to watch out for sand bur which has a prickly seed pod and hurt if you stepped on it. Other beach species were seaside spurge, a mustard species called sea rocket, sand bar willow, trailing wild bean, and silverweed. The most showy was the state threatened beach pea which was in full bloom. To top off the trip, an osprey was seen soaring over the lake.

       
2010-08-14 193 Walnut Beach, Ami Horowitz 2010-08-14 164 Spurge, seaside, Euphorbia polygonifolia, Ami Horowitz 2010-08-14 203 Pea, beach, Lathyrus japonicus, Ami Horowitz 2010-08-14 242 Bean, trailing wild, Strophostyles helvola, Ami Horowitz
Walnut Beach, Ashtabula, with Rick Gardner Spurge, seaside, Euphorbia polygonifolia Pea, beach, Lathyrus japonicus Bean, trailing wild, Strophostyles helvola
       
2010-08-14 278 Pea, everlasting - perennial, Lathyrus latifolius, Alien, Ami Horowitz 2010-08-14 308 Lettuce, wild, Lactuca canadensis, Ami Horowitz 2010-08-14 217 Walnut Beach, Ami Horowitz  
Pea, everlasting - perennial, Lathyrus latifolius, Alien Lettuce, wild, Lactuca canadensis Walnut Beach, Ashtabula Photographs - Ami Horowitz

Butterflies: Love Them and Need Them – August 15, 2010

Judy Semroc, naturalist with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History Natural Areas department ,  gave a talk at Big Creek Park in Chardon on the beauty and value of butterflies and moths. She started off the program with basic flower biology and how butterflies are important for the pollination of many plant species and some of the unique pollination strategies that have evolved. She covered the life cycle of butterflies including how plants are critical to butterflies for egg laying as a butterfly caterpillar will only eat certain species of plants. (Sounds like some kids I know!)The second hour of the program was outside looking for butterfly and moth species in the Geauga Park District’s butterfly garden, along the pond edge, and in a milkweed meadow. In total about 7 different species of moths and butterflies were spotted feeding and egg laying, including numerous monarch eggs, caterpillars and adults getting ready for their overwintering trip to Mexico.

       
2010-08-15 329 Butterfly worshop with Judy Semroc, Ami Horowitz 2010-08-15 335 Swallowtail, eastern tiger, Papilio glaucus on Ironweed, new york, Ami Horowitz 2010-08-15 374 Monarch butterfly caterpillar, Danaus plexippus, Ami Horowitz 2010-08-15 412 Goldenrod, early, Solidago juncea, Ami Horowitz
Butterfly worshop with Judy Semroc Swallowtail, eastern tiger, Papilio glaucus on New york Ironweed Monarch butterfly caterpillar, Danaus plexippus Goldenrod, early, Solidago juncea

Photographs - Ami Horowitz

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