What we're about

Open, informal group for the appreciation of nature and wildflowers. Also for birders, butterfly lovers, and folks concerned about declining numbers of bees. We'll take field-trips to see wildflowers in nature, in gardens, and in nurseries. In winter, we'll meet for coffee or cocktails.

Upcoming events (5+)

Woodland Wildflower Walk - 100 Acre Wood

100 Acre Woods

Deciduous forests cover much of the eastern United States. Our forests typically have several vertical layers of vegetation, including a dense, upper canopy of mature trees; a subcanopy of smaller or immature trees; and an understory of shrubs and low-growing herbaceous plants. Many woodland wildflowers, called spring ephemerals, bloom before the trees have leafed out; other species, which can tolerate partial or complete shade, flower later. Please plan to join me at 100 Acre Wood (https://curiousbynature.wordpress.com/area-nature-preserves-parks-and-trails/100-acre-wood/) for a wildflower walk of approximately 2 hours (rain or shine) on the fourth Wednesday of each month, March through September, to see the annual cycle of woodland wildflowers in bloom. Each wildflower walk will depart from the parking area along Stonebreak Road Extension (https://goo.gl/maps/QXahd). This outing is the second of seven in this series of themed wildflower walks. We hope to find Dwarf Ginseng, Early Saxifrage, Trout Lily, and Wake Robin (shown above) in bloom.

Ephemeral Spring Wildflower Walk - Steinmetz Woods (NEW date and time)

Spring ephemeral wildflowers are native perennial woodland plants that sprout from the ground early each spring, quickly bloom and seed before the canopy trees overhead leaf out. Once the forest floor is deep in shade, the leaves wither away leaving just the roots, rhizomes and bulbs underground. It allows them to take advantage of the full sunlight levels reaching the forest floor during early spring. This outing is the second of three in this series of themed wildflower walks. Steinmetz Woods (https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Clifton-Park-gets-riverfront-land-1700612.php) is located along the west side of Riverview Road (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8184555,-73.8513962,911m/data=!3m1!1e3) in the Town of Clifton Park, approximately halfway between Robinson Street (to the south) and Brian Drive (to the north). Please look for the brick columns marking the entrance (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.819721,-73.850549,3a,60y,270h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sg22z9xT4HT5W3RQ4c54xPg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) into this property. A small parking area is located on the left in front of a trailhead entrance gate. Each walk of approximately 2 hours (rain or shine) will occur about every two weeks to witness the brief emergence and disappearance of these blooming beauties. We hope to find Cut-leaved Toothwort and Trout Lily (shown above) in bloom.

Ehemeral Spring Wildflower Walk - Shenantaha Creek Park

Shenantaha Creek Park

Spring ephemeral wildflowers are native perennial woodland plants that sprout from the ground early each spring, quickly bloom and seed before the canopy trees overhead leaf out. Once the forest floor is deep in shade, the leaves wither away leaving just the roots, rhizomes and bulbs underground. It allows them to take advantage of the full sunlight levels reaching the forest floor during early spring. This outing is the third of three in this series of themed wildflower walks. Each wildflower walk will depart from the parking lot (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9649437,-73.8257113,3a,75y,90h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSuDn837yhzfISo6GUEN38g!2e0!7i3328!8i1664) at the end of the park’s entrance road (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.964444,-73.829893,3a,75y,90h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sEf1A14RUBkn1TrOfowMQlA!2e0). PLEASE NOTE: Traffic along Route 67 can become stop-and-go at this time of day; I suggest you use an alternative route to the park. If coming from the south, I suggest taking Exit 11 (Round Lake). At the end of the exit ramp (stoplight), turn left (west) on Curry Road and go straight through two traffic circles to continue west on Round Lake Road. Continue for one mile to a stoplight at Eastline Road (East Line Union Cemetery will be on your left); turn right and head north for 2 miles to the entrance to the park. Each walk of approximately 2 hours (rain or shine) will occur on a Tuesday every two weeks to witness the brief emergence and disappearance of these blooming beauties. We hope to find Cut-leaved Toothwort, Early Meadow Rue (shown above), Toothwort, and Trout Lily in bloom.

Ephemeral Spring Wildflower Walk - Steinmetz Woods

Spring ephemeral wildflowers are native perennial woodland plants that sprout from the ground early each spring, quickly bloom and seed before the canopy trees overhead leaf out. Once the forest floor is deep in shade, the leaves wither away leaving just the roots, rhizomes and bulbs underground. It allows them to take advantage of the full sunlight levels reaching the forest floor during early spring. This outing is the third of three in this series of themed wildflower walks. Steinmetz Woods (https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Clifton-Park-gets-riverfront-land-1700612.php) is located along the west side of Riverview Road (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8184555,-73.8513962,911m/data=!3m1!1e3) in the Town of Clifton Park, approximately halfway between Robinson Street (to the south) and Brian Drive (to the north). Please look for the brick columns marking the entrance (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.819721,-73.850549,3a,60y,270h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sg22z9xT4HT5W3RQ4c54xPg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) into this property. A small parking area is located on the left in front of a trailhead entrance gate. Each walk of approximately 2 hours (rain or shine) will occur about every two weeks to witness the brief emergence and disappearance of these blooming beauties. We hope to find Early Meadow Rue (shown above) in bloom.

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