03 May 2009

Busy week

My busy season is officially in full-swing. This post is simply intended to be a quick update on what I've been up to lately. I hope to post more about my recent travels in separate posts as I have time.

Last Saturday, I led a hike at Bendix Woods Nature Preserve in St. Joseph County, Indiana for Shirley Heinze Land Trust.

The woods were exploding with color; white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum), dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis), and Canada violet (Viola canadensis) cast a white glow across the forest floor.
Splotches of yellow indicated the presence of wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), while prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum) and blue phlox (Phlox divaricata) dotted the forest floor with reds and blues, respectively.
We encountered a brief thunderstorm while on our walk, but once that passed, we were again able to enjoy the wonderful wildflowers at this old-growth forest. Lindsay even found the rare apetalous form of white trillium. The petal-less flowers are said to be a mutation that occurs periodically in this species.

On Sunday morning, I left home to botanize in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia with Justin Thomas, at an event to be know from this point forward as Trillium Tromp 2009.
As the name suggests, our primary targets were trilliums, but we had a great time enjoying a multitude of other species, including the Federally Endangered green pitcher plant (Sarracenia oreophila). I will certainly post more on this trip at a later date.
Bashful wakerobin (Trillium catesbaei)

Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum)

Furrowed wakerobin (Trillium sulcatum)

Green pitcher plant (Sarracenia oreophila)

Thursday morning, I left our campsite near the Sock Capital of the World (Fort Payne, Alabama, of course) and arrived home around 7:30 PM.

I washed clothes and re-packed for a camping weekend in northwest Ohio. While staying at Maumee Bay State Park, we birded at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Metzger Marsh, tallying 105 bird species (including Prairie Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Snowy Egrets, Trumpeter Swans, and numerous Bald Eagles), in addition to Northern Leopard Frogs, Painted Turtles, and Blanding's Turtles.
Lindsay and I arrived home tonight in time to mow the lush jungle known as our lawn. Tomorrow, it's back to the real world, as I head back to work.

4 comments:

Tom said...

Scott- What a whirlwind week. Great post, you've introduce me to several new things, like those three trilliums. Very cool.

Tom

Scott said...

Thanks Tom. I wish there were more hours in the day!

Anonymous said...

There are Trilliums at Cedar Bluffs just south of Bloomington in Monroe County, in Indiana. You will also find May Apples, Dutchman britches, Jack in the Pulpits and Pitcher Plants. If you hit the right time to visit n March or April you will see almost everything in bloom, the ground floor below the bluff will be a veritable blanket of spring wildflowers and you will see almost everything in bloom but the May Apples and Dogwoods. Even the Paw Paw trees will be in bloom; they produce the most magnificent deep burgundy blossoms that will look almost like they are dead on the tree. They are not dead but in fact are very much alive---they are beautiful!

Scott Namestnik said...

Hi Anonymous... thanks for the comment. I love the flowers of Paw Paw. This site sounds like a wonderful mesic forest. The pitcher plant seems a bit out of place... I wonder if what you are calling pitcher plant and what I call pitcher plant (Sarracenia spp.) are different things.

I did some botanical work at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve a couple of years ago, and we tallied over 600 species on the site! There are some nice preserves left near Bloomington.