WFS Field Trip

October Wildflower Meeting with Nature NL

 

Thursday, October 19th 2017, 7: 30 p.m. Science Building, Memorial University of NL
Room # SN 2025

 
We are delighted to be able to attend Nature NL October meeting!
 

Speaker:  Luise Hermanutz, MUN Biology Department, long-time Wildflower Member/Speaker

 

Topic:  Taking actions to stop extinctions - Restoring a biodiversity hotspot on the Island of Newfoundland
 
 
                                                                    There are 24 documented extirpations/extinctions in Canada, and based on some recent reports, we can expect more. We need to take action to stop and reverse the loss our wild species and habitats. But how? The  Limestone Barrens on the Northern Peninsula are a biodiversity hotspot with over 100 rare plants found on a thin, fragmented strip of coast on  the tip of the Northern Peninsula. However in the last 50 years much of the rare limestone barrens habitat has been lost or degraded due to human activities. The limestone barrens are home to 3 SARA listed species:
Long’s braya (Braya longii), Fernald’s braya (B. fernaldii) and Barrens willow (Salix jejuna).  These plants are “true Newfoundlanders” as they are endemic and found nowhere else on earth! In order to reverse the trend and secure more habitat to stabilize populations of the rare plants, we have started to restore a quarry at Sandy Cove, adjacent to the Sandy Cove Ecological Reserve. This talk will give an overview of the how we are restoring the barrens and some of its rare plants.
 
Luise Hermanutz is a conservation ecologist and field biologist who studies rare plants, impacts of moose on forest regeneration, and how climate change is affecting the tundra in northern Labrador in partnership with the Nunasiabut government and Parks Canada. She is a professor in the Dept. of Biology at Memorial University in St. John’s.





The Aug. 19 trip for Clarke’s Beach to New Harbour Has been CANCELLED


The trip originally planned for Aug 26 at Bidgood’s Park, The Goulds was held earlier and there is no planned walk for August 26




Bell Island, Conception Bay

August 12, 2017
Leader: John Maunder

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 Vicia tetrasperma - Slender Vetch [Eurasian, introduced]

Very tiny! Also, very rare in eastern Newfoundland.

Photo: John Maunder. Bell Island, Conception Bay. Near ferry dock. Waste ground. August 5, 2009.


Try to get the
9:05 AM trip on the MV Legionnaire. [See the ferry schedule appended to bottom of this notice.]

You will need to take your car, or car pool!

Arrive early enough to line up, purchase tickets, etc.

Meet at: the Bell Island end of ferry trip, at about 9:30 am.

If you miss the 9:05 trip, note that we will be puttering about near the ferry terminal (on the Bell Island side),
for a bit, and then heading for the North End Lighthouse area for a while [see appended map, below.]

But note: the next ferry is not until 10:35 am.



Plants of primary interest:

Vicia tetrasperma - Slender Vetch [Eurasian, introduced]

 Vicia sativa var. angustifolia [= subsp. nigra] - Narrowleaf Vetch [Eurasian, introduced in eNfld.]
 
Epilobium strictum - Downy Willowherb [only known Newfoundland locality]




NE Bell Island


Bell Island Ferry Schedule - Saturdays


Bell Island Ferry Schedule - Saturdays


Ferry Fee Schedule



Bell Island Ferry Fee Schedule







WFS Field Trip - Shoe Cove Beach

Leader: Carmel Conway

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting Place:  Cape Town Convenience, Pouch Cove Highway (on left hand side of highway) - see map below



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Amongst other things, we are hoping to see the Ragged Robin - if it is still flowering!

 Silene flos-cuculi subsp. flos-cuculi [= Lychnis flos-cuculi subsp. flos-cuculi]  [NF] [i]


Directions:

Just before reaching
Cape Town Convenience, you will pass Satellite Road. [Watch for School Zone signs.]

After meeting at Cape Town Convenience we will head on to Shoe Cove Road (first turn off, on the right hand side of the road, past the end of Shoe Cove Pond.).

ShoeCoveFieldTripMap 

As the path to the beach can be rocky, please wear good hiking boots. Also, the path is uneven and a wee bit steep in places.



 
 
Any questions? Carmel can be reached at: abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com
or 722-0121









CANCELLED BECAUSE OF POOR WEATHER REPORT



WFS Field Trip to Cape Shore and Cape St. Mary's

Scheduled for July 29-30, 2017.


We seem to be jinxed when it comes to running this particular field trip! - It was cancelled last year, also because of the weather!

While it's always hard to judge the weather report more than a few hours ahead, here in Newfoundland! ... The weather report for the weekend DOES NOT look good!

According to the Weather Network:

For Saturday, while the report seems OK,
on the surface, the winds [at St. John's] are supposed to be due southerly with gusts to 35+ km/h, with 88% humidity .... In the Cape St. Mary's area, that usually means one thing ... Thick onshore FOG! ... On this evening's NTV weather report, Eddie Sheerr agreed about the fog.

Sunday looks like a total washout, with up to 20 mm of rain, and SE winds with gusts to 50 km/h [that's at St. John's]

According to Environment Canada:

Saturday during the day: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers.

Saturday night: Periods of rain.

Sunday during the day: Periods of rain.


Maybe next year?!

If you have a hotel booked, please cancel ASAP.


JOHN MAUNDER






NOTE: CHANGE OF VENUE


WFS Field Trip

"Bidgood's Park", The Goulds


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Meet at 10:30 a.m.


Directions:

Going SOUTH from St. John's ...

Get onto the Ruby Line, in The Goulds.

Between the Goulds Main Road and The Goulds By-Pass Highway turn SOUTH onto the Back Line.

Proceed about 4.1 km south.

Watch for Power's Road, on the right (i.e. west) side of the road. It's easy to miss. However, there
should be a sign announcing Bidgood's Park.

Turn right onto Power's Road. Proceed 0.6 km. Turn left onto a small parking area.

See you there.

John Maunder, 335-2462



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The approaches to Bidgood's Park, The Goulds




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Close-up of Bidgood's Park



Field Trips – Wildflower Society – 2017

[For some of the trips, the exact details will be forthcoming at a later date]


Long (2 day+):

Cape Shore (i.e. Cape St Mary’s) Loop: July 29-30. Leader: John Maunder. [Reserve soon; check hotel cancellation policy]

Meet at Placentia, across from the Three Sisters Pub and Restaurant near the south side of the lift bridge, by 10 am.

Stops at Point Verde, Ship Cove (just south side of bridge), and Gooseberry Cove
.

Stay overnight at St. Brides.

Stops at Cape St. Mary’s, Point Lance Beach, and (if there is time) Branch River. On the trip home, we may make short stops at Collin’s Pond (“the floating hearts pond”) and Rocky River (both near Colinet)
.

[Within the two days specified, the exact order, and time, of stops may be jiggled a bit, if weather conditions at the Cape dictate]

Hotels:

Capeway Motel & Efficiency Units, St. Brides [ http://www.thecapeway.ca/ ] (709) 337-2163
Bird Island Resort, St. Brides [ http://www.birdislandresort.com/ ] (709) 337-2450 or 337-2505
Driftwood Cottage, Branch [B&B] [ http://www.driftwoodcottagebranch.com/ ]
[2 rooms]
The Cliffhouse at Red Point, Branch [phone: (709) 338-2055]


One Day (some may want to do a private overnight somewhere, before or after the fact?)

Bordeaux Trail, Arnold’s Cove: July 15. Leader: John Maunder. A 10km loop, fairly level. An ambitious, but fairly easy hike. Varied habitat. Wonderful scenery. This is a full day trip from St. John’s and return. Arrival in Arnold’s Cove should be by 10 am. A morning trip out to the end of the trail, a picnic break there, and an afternoon return. Entering Arnold’s Cove, turn right at school, then left on Monkstown Road. Follow the hiking trail signs.






Little Soldiers Pond: July 22. Leaders: Todd Boland?/John Maunder/Gene Herzberg?

Bell Island (Wabana). August 12. Leader: John Maunder. Take the “first ferry” (details later). [Highlights: Vicia sativa subsp. nigra - Narrowleaf Vetch; Vicia tetrasperma - Slender Vetch; and Epilobium strictum - Downy Willowherb]

Clarke’s Beach to New Harbour: August 19. Leader: John Maunder. Stops: beach NE of South River exit, ”the Horned Bladderwort Pond”, and New Harbour beach. [Will do trip only if pond levels are low]

Brigus and Bristol’s Hope: September 2 (or September 9, depending on flowering dates). Leader: Gene Herzberg? Howard Clase? [Knautia and other things].

Butter Pot Hill Trail, Butterpot Provincial Park: September 23. Leader: John Maunder. First part of trail, past Pegwood Pond is fairly level, the second rises to the lookout. Begins by campsite 58. (Pegwood Pond Trail, Butter Pot Provincial Park … is a shorter version of Butterpot Hill Trail) [Fall berries, etc.)


Short (2 hours + travel):

GEO Centre: Mid-late June (exact date depending on Chuckley Pear flowering date – you will be informed). Leader: Glen Ryan.

Branscombes Pond (off Topsail Road): July 1. Leader: John Maunder.
Powers Pond, Mt. Pearl - July 8. Leader: Clyde Thornhill.
Shoe Cove Beach: August 5. Leader: Carmel Conway.
Bidgood’s Park, The Goulds: Aug 26. Leader needed: John will not be available.

“Pop-up” Walks (short gatherings called on very short notice, by e-mail, in response to a “new discovery”, a rare sighting, or some other noteworthy event – the plant equivalent of a “rare bird alert” outing)

These events will be informal. There will be no set number. They may or may not even happen ... They are an experiment.
Anyone can call a “pop-up” trip by quickly notifying Heather, John, Karen, or Carmel (who each have the WFS membership e-mail list).

Calendar (all dates presuppose a rain day the following day, except for the Cape St. Mary’s Loop dates):

June 3 –

June 10 –

June 17 –

June 24 – GEO Centre (date flowering-dependent)


July 1 – Branscombe’s Pond

July 8 – Power’s Pond

July 15 – Bordeaux Trail, Arnold’s Cove

July 22 – Little Soldier’s Pond

July 29-30 – Cape Shore (i.e. Cape St. Mary’s) Loop) (2-day)

Aug. 5 – Shoe Cove Beach

Aug. 12 – Wabana

Aug. 19 – Clarke’s Beach to New Harbour

Aug 26 – Bidgood’s Park, The Goulds



Trips suggestions for NEXT year:

Truce Sound Coastal Trail, Sunnyside, Trinity Bay

The Mizzen Trail, Heart's Content

Seaview Trail, Norman's Cove


May Wildflower Meeting
 
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Gardens, Mount Scio
 
Speaker:    Eva Musseau
 
Topic: “ The Flora of Dominica”
 
(This is an informal presentation, as we hope to help Eva identify many of her pics)







April Wildflower Meeting

 
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. MUN Botanical Gardens
 
Speaker:  Judy Blakeley
 
Topic:  “Floral Images of South Africa” (September 2016)




March Wildflower Society

 
MUN Botanical Gardens,
Mount Scio Road, St. John’s
 
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
7:30 p.m.
 
Speaker:  Todd Boland
 
Topic: “Spring in Utah’s Mighty Five State Parks”.







The meeting for February 14th is cancelled due to the forecast snowstorm. Todd will give his talk at the March meeting.



FEBRUARY WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
February 14th, 2017 (Tuesday), 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Gardens
 
Speaker:   Todd  Boland
 
Topic:  “Spring in Utah’s Mighty Five State Parks”







Wildflower Society Christmas Party and Slide Show

 
January 10th, 2017, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. MUN Botanical Garden
 
Let’s hope that the weather is favourable!
 
 
We kindly ask members to bring a small sweet/savory to share, with wine, tea/coffee to be served.
 
  
 
Carmel Conway,
Wildflower Society of NL







DUE TO FORECAST OF INCLEMENT WEATHER -  PARTY AND SLIDESHOW POSTPONED - HOPEFULLY CAN CELEBRATE IN MID JANUARY 2017 NEW YEAR - ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS


Wildflower Society Christmas Party and Slide Show Postponed due to Storm Forecast

 
December 13th, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. MUN Botanical Garden
 
With our early snowfall, it seems the Christmas season is fast upon us, and time to get together to celebrate a year full of wonderful wildflowering and friendship.  John Maunder has compiled a slide show of many of those memories.
 
We kindly ask members to bring a small sweet to share, with wine, tea/coffee to be served.
 
A reminder to members that our next wildflower meeting will be February 14th, 2017 (no meeting in January).




November Wildflower Meeting,

 
Tuesday, November 8th, 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Gardens, Mount Scio
 
Speaker: Alan Whittick
 
Topic:  “Flowers, and some birds from Western Australia”




October Wildflower Society Meeting

 
Tuesday, October 11th, 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Garden, Mt. Scio Road
 
 
Topic:   “How are plants responding to climate change? Stories from the boreal forest and the subartic.”
 
Speaker:  Dr. Carissa Brown,
Department of Geography (Memorial University)
 
 
 
[a reminder to members that it is membership renewal time]

 
Also:

 

Todd Boland with the Rock Garden Society has extended an invitation to any members of our Society who might be interested in attending the next Rock Garden Society meeting, scheduled for September 28th, 7:30 p.m. at the Garden.
This month’s topic will be an overview of the Denver Botanical Gardens and Yampas Botanic Park in Steamboat, Colorado. Several members of the Rock Garden Society, including Todd, were invited to visit these gardens during the NARGS Conference last June. According to Todd, the gardens are quite inspiring.
There will also be a few plants for sale, including a few dwarf ferns.  Also, if any member has anything that they would like to bring along for the sale, please feel free to do so.




The Bristol’s Hope Baldellia Trip has been Postponed to Sunday, September 11 because of the rain forecast for Saturday.


Bristol's Hope – "The Baldellia is in Bloom" - Field Trip: Saturday September 10 [or 11 - rain day).

Leader: Gene Herzberg - cell # 699-5012


Pauline Penney who lives in Bristol’s Hope emailed Karen Herzberg on September 2 to say that the Baldellia was in bloom.
 
For those interested in seeing the Baldellia, Gene and Karen Herzberg will be at the head of the pond at 10:00 on September 10. We (Gene and Karen ) will be there until about noon when we have to leave to check on the renovations at our daughter’s house in Lower Island Cove.
 
Meet where Pondside Road meets the pond at 10 AM. 
See: map below.
 
Duration is to be determined by attendees.  You may want to bring a picnic lunch or be prepared to eat at a local restaurant as desired.
 
Species of special interest:
 
Lesser Water-plantain (Baldellia ranunculoides) [only known North American occurrence!]
 
Include your rubber boots in the car because they might be needed in order to take good photos.  Other plants found there, and noted in John’s Digital Flora, are listed at the bottom of this notice.
 
For directions to Bristol's Hope
see map below, plus the following directions:
 
Follow Highway 75 to the intersection with highway 70 just beyond Harbour Grace. Turn right onto Highway 70 (Cathedral St.) and take the second turn to the left after about 1 km onto Saddle Hill, after another 500 m turn right onto Main Road, then turn left onto Pondside Road at the intersection.

If Saturday's weather is poor, the trip will take place on Sunday. If in doubt about the weather on Saturday, phone Gene Herzberg at cell # 699-5012.  


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Baldellia


For those interested in further exploring the edge of the pond and the barachois Gene Herzberg searched John Maunder’s Digital Flora for plants identified as being seen at Bristol’s Hope. Below is a list of those plants. Obviously not a complete list of plants but does identify plants we might see.
 
Baldellia ranunculoides - Lesser Water-plantain
 
Atriplex cf. prostrata  [Final identification pending] - Prostrate Orache
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Between beach and barasway.
 
Callitriche heterophylla - Larger Waterstarwort
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Inner shores of barachois pond. Entangled with charophytes (Nitella sp.).
 
Sparganium angustifolium - Narrowleaf Bur-reed
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Pond behind beach.
 
Polygonum aviculare cf. subsp. rurivagum  [Final identification pending] - Narrow-leaved Knotweed
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Shingle behind [saltwater] barachois beach.
 
Lysimachia terrestris - Swamp Candles
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. In water at edge of barachois
 
Potamogeton pusillus - Berchtold’s Pondweed, Slender Pondweed
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Barachois Pond, inner portion. Freshwater.
 
Galium tinctorium - Dyer’s Bedstraw -
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Near barachois pond. Damp weeds and shrubbery.
 
Ruppia maritima - Ditchgrass, Beaked Tasselweed -
Bristol's Hope. Seaward side of barachois. Brackish.
 
Juncus articulatus - Jointed Rush
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Edge of barachois, near beach roadway. Wet.
 
Scutellaria galericulata var. pubescens - Marsh Skullcap
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Rocky shore of barachois
 
Oenothera parviflora - Northern Evening Primrose
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Gravelly area on barachois bar
 
Carex cf. scoparia var. scoparia - Pointed Broom Sedge
Bristol's Hope, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Base of cutbank, above beach.

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WFS Field Trip
Seal Cove River, and general area
Saturday, August 13, 2016

["half-day" trip]
Trip Leader: Howard Clase (assisted by John Maunder).

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Screwstem (Bartonia paniculata subsp. iodandra)  -  (Whole plant, in bud.) Seal Cove River. Cracks in bedrock within river flood area. August 8, 2008. Photo: John Maunder

Meet in front of the College of the North Atlantic (Seal Cove Campus) parking lot, Seal Cove, Conception Bay Highway, at 10:00 am.
Park at an appropriate spot near the highway. We will drive to the Seal Cove River from there.

PLEASE NOTE:
The Seal Cove River site is quite bouldery and uneven, underfoot. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Further to this:
Please also understand that, as is the case for all WFS field-trips, this field trip is completely AT THE PARTICIPANT'S OWN RISK.

DIRECTIONS FROM ST. JOHN'S
Three principal routes:
[1] Drive "west" on the TCH. Turn right onto Holyrood Access Road (Rte. 62). At the junction with the Conception Bay Highway (Rte. 6), turn right and proceed to the College of the North Atlantic Campus at Seal Cove.
[2] Drive "west" on the TCH. Turn right onto the Manuels Access Highway (Rte. 2). Exit to the right, to Manuels, and then go left on the Conception Bay Highway (Rte. 6) to the College of the North Atlantic Campus at Seal Cove.
[3] Drive "west" on the TCH. Turn right onto the Manuels Access Highway (Rte. 2), then
stay on Rte. 2 all the way to its end, and then go another 0.5 km. (approx.) on the Conception Bay Highway, to the College of the North Atlantic Campus at Seal Cove.

[Approximate time required to drive to the CONA Seal Cove Campus, from the "Donovan's Overpass", just "west" of St. John's:

[1] VIA THE TCH, the Holyrood Access Road, and the Conception Bay Highway, is about 35 minutes [but note that the TCH is undergoing extensive repaving this week]

[2] VIA the TCH, Manuels Access Road, and the Conception Bay shore highway, is about 30 minutes.
[3] VIA the TCH, Manuels Access Road, and the Conception Bay South Bypass Highway, is only about 15 minutes!]

[See MAP, below]

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The Cape Shore Loop trip has been cancelled because of anticipated inclement weather.


WFS Field Trip
Cape Shore Loop
Saturday, August 6, 2016 and Sunday August 7, 2016

[two-day trip]

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Nymphoides cordata (Floatingheart) at Collins Pond, just W of Colinet, August 9, 2008 - Photo: John Maunder



Meet at Placentia at 10:00 am on Day 1.

DIRECTIONS FROM ST. JOHN'S

Drive "west" on the TCH. Turn left onto the Argentia Access Road (Rte. 100), just past Whitbourne, and proceed to Placentia.
Cross the big "lift bridge", and then, almost immediately, veer to the left.
 

Park across the road from the front of the "Three Sisters Pub and Restaurant".

[The drive to Placentia,
from the "Donovan's Overpass", just "west" of St. John's, is about  1.5 hours

(Note: the last bit, through Dunville, etc., is a residential "slow zone" - watch for "speed traps"!)]


AGENDA
DAY 1:
Point Verde
Gooseberry Cove [Lunch at Gooseberry Cove Beach (pack a lunch)]
St. Brides (brief check-in opportunity)
Cape St. Mary's

Proceed to accommodations

DAY 2:

Meet at the Capeway Motel & Efficiency Units, in St. Brides, at 9:30 am
Point Lance Beach (park at the end of the road by the beach)
Branch (Estuary) (park by the "boat basin")
[Lunch at Branch (pack a lunch, OR, there is a recommended restaurant here,

at Careen's Gas Bar, called "The Loft" - http://tinyurl.com/zkjqu9p ]

North Harbour (short stop along south-end beach)
Collins Pond just W of Colinet (see photo above)


Return home





WFS Field Trip
Baccalieu Trail
Saturday, July 23, 2016 and Sunday July 24, 2016

[two-day trip]

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Honckenya peploides (Seabeach Sandwort) and Leymus mollis (Strand Wheat) on Salmon Cove Beach. September 2009. Photo: Susan Maunder


Meet at Fong's Hotel in Carbonear, at 10:00 am on Day 1.
[The drive to Carbonear,
from the "Donovan's Overpass", just "west" of St. John's, is about 1.5 hours, or a wee bit less.]


DIRECTIONS FROM ST. JOHN'S

Drive "west" on the TCH. Turn off the TCH at the "Roaches Line Overpass". Stay on Rte. 75 all the way to the outskirts of Carbonear.
Go straight through the lights, and proceed along "fast-food strip". On the left, at the end of the "fast-food strip", is Fong's Hotel.

AGENDA

DAY 1:

Western Bay Point Job's Cove Trail A brief stop just NE of Old Perlican, for Scottish Heather (it may still be just in bud)
Lunch at Grates Cove

There will be the option of lunch at the Grates Cove Studio Restaurant in Grates Cove - http://www.gratescovestudios.com/dining/grates-cove-studios-restaurant/.
NOTE: The food (see the above website link) is a cut above what is available at most places,
but it is apparently well worth the price (which is actually not too bad ... entrees are $14-$21). 
For those who may want a table at the Grates Cove Studio Restaurant, PLEASE RESERVE for
1:30 pm by calling 1 (709) 587-3880.
Please identify yourselves as members of the WFS.

For those who prefer to pack a lunch, there are picnic tables adjacent/across the road.
Grates Cove (Red Head Cove Trail)
Grates Cove (Grates Cove Trail)
Return to accommodations

DAY 2:
Meet at Fong's Hotel in Carbonear, at 9:30 am

Bristol's Hope

(not for Baldellia [too early] but lots of other good stuff there)

Carbonear "town pond trail", by the train, along main town road [park by the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre/Carbonear Community Centre]
Salmon Cove [Please note that there is a $5.00/carload fee for this wonderful municipal park]
Lunch at Salmon Cove  Bring packed lunch. Picnic tables, toilets.
Optional stop, upon homeward trip - Harbour Grace (Riverhead), (along shore and saltmarsh near the DC-3 airplane)

[BRING BOOTS - on our last visit most people couldn't get across the small brook!]

Return home





WFS Field Trip
Bellevue Beach
Saturday, July 9, 2016 ("rain day" Sunday, July 10, 2016)

[A full-day trip]


Meet at the "day-use" beach parking lot, at 11:30 am.
[The drive to Bellevue Beach,
from the "Donovan's Overpass", west of St. John's, is little under an hour and a half (i.e. 90 minutes)]

DIRECTIONS FROM ST. JOHN'S

Drive "west" on the TCH, PAST the Long Harbour junction. Drive another 14-15 km (approx).
Turn right off the TCH onto Rte. 201 (to Bellevue). Drive about 1.2 km, generally downhill, to a T-junction.
Turn left, and drive about  2 km along "the shore road".
Turn right into the Bellevue Beach camping park. You will be required to pay a nominal "day-use fee"
Proceed to the "day use" beach parking area. (Stay up on "the beach ridge". Don't go down to the formal "swimming beach")
[See MAP below]

AGENDA

We will be exploring the "long beach ridge" (plus the wider areas near its eastern tip), as well as the interesting upper beaches on both sides of the "ridge".
The formal part of the walk will be a slow, wandering affair, of about 2 hours.
So, with lunch thrown in, it should run until ABOUT 2:30 pm. However, depending upon the enthusiasm of the group, it
could well run a wee bit longer.
[NOTE: NO HILLS!]

Bring a packed lunch.  
BOOTS

The beach ridge itself is pretty dry, but there are a few wettish spots lower down.
Also, the beach is "beach-rocky", so boots may provide needed ankle support.
Boots are thus at their owner's discretion.


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WFS Field Trip
Cupids and Brigus
Saturday, June 25, 2016 ("rain day" Sunday, June 26, 2016)
[A full-day trip]


Meet at the Cupids Heritage Centre http://www.cupidslegacycentre.ca/, 368 Seaforest Drive (the waterfront road), at 10:30 am.
[The drive to Cupids,
from the "Donovan's Overpass", is about an hour, or a wee bit more.]

DIRECTIONS FROM ST. JOHN'S
Drive "west" towards the "Roaches Line Overpass". Turn off the TCH onto Rte. 75, then, quite soon after, veer right onto the Roaches Line (Rte. 70).
Nearing South River-Clarkes Beach, turn right onto Rte 60. Then turn left towards Cupids. Proceed to the waterfront. Then continue on to the Cupids Heritage Centre.

AGENDA
We will first visit the excellent "Burnt Head Trails" at the far end of Cupids.
The network of circular seacoast and forest trails takes you by vestiges of long-gone communities and includes a view of
an impressive sea arch.
The walk will be an relatively easy couple of hours.
There will be the option of lunch at the Cupids Haven B&B -
http://www.cupidshaven.ca/tearoom.html.

Then, for those who are not too tired out, there will be the added option of a short ramble around the lovely neighbouring town of Brigus, after lunch,
with the further option of ending the day with a dish of the famous "Blueberry Cobbler" (="Blueberry Crisp") at the Country Corner Restaurant.

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Common Juniper (Juniperus communis), female "cones", Cupids, Burnt Head Trail,
Sept. 25, 2005 - John Maunder


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Branscombe's Pond
Wildflower Society Field Trip
Sunday, June 19, 2016, 2:30 p.m.

Branscombe's Pond
Wildflower Society Field Trip
Sunday, June 19, 2016, 2:30 p.m.


view of branscombes pond
Photo taken at Branscombe's Pond, about a month ago, on May 14, 2014 - John Maunder




We will try again to visit this wonderful, but generally unknown, "botanical oasis" hiding between Topsail Road and Blackmarsh Road, in the St. John's/Mount Pearl area.

Let's hope that the weather holds. Looks good now.

The Downtown Sidewalks Walk originally scheduled for this weekend will be moved ahead. Stay tuned for that.

Please note that the Branscombe's Pond Walk will be on SUNDAY, not Saturday, so that it isn't too close to
Nature NL's "Annual Charlie Horwood Memorial Pink Lady Slipper Orchid Walk", scheduled for Saturday morning at 10:00 pm.

Also please note that the time on SUNDAY is 2:30 pm
in the afternoon, so as not to clash with any morning church services.

Almost all of the trail is either boardwalk or hard gravel. And virtually level. An easy ramble. The walk will be
less than 2 hours.


DIRECTIONS:

From St. John's, go out Topsail Road. Drive past "Dodge City" car sales (on the left), and the old mall that still has the "Cineplex Cinemas" in it (on the right).

On your
left you will soon find "Mary Queen of the World" church and school.

DIRECTLY across the road from the
big parking lot at the church/school is "Goldeneye Place. Turn up Goldeneye Place.

Proceed a short way. The road will soon veer gently to the right.

Look for a break between the houses on the left, that has tallish conifer trees in it. There is a cross-walk there.

In this break between the houses (on the left) there is a wide path to Branscombe's Pond. It is bordered on one side by a brook.

Park on Goldeneye Place.


Map

branscombes pond








GEO Centre Chuckly Pear Walk
Signal Hill

SUNDAY afternoon
Led by John Maunder

2:30 pm


Dress warmly. It's only "June-uary"

(The walk will take only an hour or so)



May Wildflower Meeting

 
Tuesday, May 10th, 7:30 p.m. MUN Botanical Gardens
 
Speaker:   Clyde Thornhill
 
Topic:  A Wild Flower Collection & Other Things

Meadowsweet

 
Please note this meeting will be our last indoor meeting for the season.  The executive will be meeting in the coming weeks to draft a schedule of summer walks.  If you have a suggestion for possible walk, please contact any of our executive members.




WILDFLOWER SOCIETY MEETING


Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Botanical Gardens
Presenter: Todd Boland
Topic: The Flora and Fauna of the Brazilian Cerrado and Pantanal






March Wildflower Meeting

 
MUN Botanical Garden
 
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Guest Speaker: Michael Collins
 
Topic:  "Identifying winter twigs- (and what's been eating them!)". 
 
Members can bring as many twigs as they like since we will be using keys etc. to try and identify them. 
 

Important Note:   Members should only bring samples from the wild - not from gardens.



The February Meeting was cancelled due to a storm.
FEBRUARY WILDFLOWER MEETING

                                                                                                                       
Tuesday, February 9, 2016  -   7:30 p.m.
MUN
Botanical Garden
 
Presenter:  Todd Boland
Topic:  The Flora and Fauna of the Brazilian Cerrado and Pantanal






WILDFLOWER SOCIETY CHRISTMAS PARTY!

 
Tuesday, December 8th, 7:30 p.m. (MUN Botanical Gardens).
 
 

It will soon be time to get together for our Christmas Party and end of the year slide show!
 

We ask members to bring along a small treat to share, either sweet or savory, wine, coffee/tea will be provided.
 

See you there!




November Wildflower Meeting
 
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. MUN Botanical Gardens, Mt. Scio Rd.
 
Speaker: John Maunder
 
Topic:  The "Berries" of Newfoundland: variations of a juicy theme!
 
A quote from the presentation: “What is a berry? The question sounds very simple … but it isn’t!” 



Berry Talk 2015 Front Page Even Smaller




NOTICE OF OCTOBER WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
(Tuesday) October 20th, at 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Gardens

 
Speaker:  Gene Herzberg
 
Topic:   "The Northern Peninsula and a bit more".
Cypripedium-parviflorum-burnt-cape-3 
 

Important notice:  We have decided, at the recommendation of many members, to move our Wildflower Meetings to the second Tuesday of every month and the Gardens has kindly accomodated us in this request.  As the Gardens had a previously arranged workshop planned for October 13th (second Tuesday of October month), they have provided us the alternate date of October 20th, 2015.  However, commencing in November, all future Wildflower Meetings will be held the second Tuesday of every month.
 

 

-a few reminders-
 

Karen Herzberg, our Treasurer, reminds us once again that it is membership renewal time, so please bring your monies along at our next meeting.
 
Howard Clase, Editor of Sarracenia, is eager to receive submissions for our next Sarracenia.
 
John Maunder will be soon requesting submission of images for our Christmas Party, so please start thinking about the images you wish to submit.



The WFS TRIP to Shea Heights is POSTPONED until SUNDAY (October 4). Same time, same place.




WFS Field Trip – Shea Heights (Southside Hills)

 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 [or “rain day” – Sunday, October 4; check your e-mail; or phone if necessary]
 
Meet at 10:30 a.m.
 
 
Leader: John Maunder (jem@nl.rogers.com, and 335-2462)
 
 
Trip Goals:
 
Our primary goal is to examine the berry phase of the several crowberry species growing on the Southside Hills, to complement our Spring trip to the top of Nagles Hill.
 
In particular, we will be looking at the peculiar “red-berried” pink crowberries [!] that seem to be unique to the place, and which have puzzled "the experts", to date.
 
For comparison, black and purple crowberries also occur on the Hill.
 
However, the flora of the Southside Hills is interesting for many other reasons. We won’t be looking at just crowberries. Besides, the view is fabulous!
 
 
Directions:
 
From Water Street West, cross the big bridge over the Waterford River.
Proceed uphill towards Shea Heights.
 
Keep LEFT. Stay on the “long loop” route. DO NOT take the “switchback” route marked “Linegar Avenue”.
 
Go past the senior’s home (which is on the left).
 
Eventually, the road will begin to curve to the right.
Pass the crosswalk with the overhead light signals.
 
Keep turning to the right, but stay on the main road.
 
Eventually, the road will crest. Watch for a reddish-orange, iron swing-gate on the left.
 
Pull off the road and park EITHER on the wide shoulder area to the right, opposite the iron gate, or, on EITHER SIDE OF the swing gate on the other side of the road.
 
PLEASE, do not block the swing gate, or, any cars that may be parked on the wide shoulder behind the houses, or any obvious associated property access. Please respect the needs of the residents.
 
 
Footwear and Clothing:
 
The weekend weather is supposed to be significantly cooler than it has been these past few days. Please dress sensibly. Note that the top of the hill is quite barren and exposed.
 
Rain is expected on Friday, so the ground may be quite wet in places. Also, the trail is rather rocky. Please wear appropriate footwear.
 
 
Difficulty:
 
We will be proceeding UPHILL to the area of the communications towers. A few parts of the trail may involve a bit of huffing and puffing, but WE WILL BE TAKING IT VERY SLOWLY. There should be no problem at all for most.

Mundy Pond Trail Wildflower Stroll. 
Please note the change in day.
 
                                   SUNDAY  -  September 13, 2015  (subject to weather)  Time: 10.30 a.m.   
 
Leader:  Glen Ryan

 
Meet: Parking lot across the road from Mews Centre on Mundy Pond Road.
If weather is in doubt, please contact Glen Ryan directly at:  (Cell – 709-728-9027) before you venture out.
Email may not be possible for notification if weather is inclement.
 
Species of interest:
Goldenrod ( 3 species, maybe Brenda's Goldenrod??)
A rare Vetch, Vicia sepium
A big Soft Rush, Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
Burnet Saxifrage, Pimpinella saxifraga
Marsh Woundwort, Stachys palustris




Bristol's Hope Field Trip
 
Saturday September 5 [or 6 - rain day)
 
Leaders: Howard Clase/Gene and Karen Herzberg
 
Meet at the south end of the Bristol's Hope barachois at 10 AM.
 
Duration is to be determined by attendees.  Please bring a picnic lunch or be prepared to eat at a local restaurant as desired.
 
Species of special interest:
 
Lesser Water-plantain (Baldellia ranunculoides) [only known North American occurrence!]
 
Include your rubber boots in the car because they might be needed in order to take good photos.  Other plants found there, and noted in John’s Digital Flora, are listed at the bottom of this notice.
 
For directions to Bristol's Hope see attached maps plus the following directions:
 
Follow Highway 75 to the intersection with highway 70 just beyond Harbour Grace. Turn right onto Highway 70 (Cathedral St) and take the second turning to the left after about 1 km onto Saddle Hill, after another 500 m turn right onto Main Rd and follow straight down to the barrachoix - the last bit is called Rocky Lane.  N.B Beach Road across the barachois is not suitable for cars! See maps below.
 
We could also explore the water system farther up to Lady Lake, to see if John's suggestion that the plant might have come over on a float plane in the early years.  Apparently they often "landed" on Lady Lake.
Allow at least 1 1/2 hours to drive from St. John's. Karen's cell is 727-5906.
 
If Saturday's weather is poor, the trip will take place on Sunday.   
 
…………………………………….
 
Gene Herzberg searched John Maunder’s Digital Flora for plants identified as being seen at Bristol’s Hope. Below is a list of those plants. Obviously not a complete list of plants but does identify plants we might see.
 
Baldellia ranunculoides (Linnaeus) Parl - Lesser Water-plantain
 
Atriplex cf. prostrata Boucher ex DC. in Lam. & DC. [Final identification pending]  Prostrate Orache
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Between beach and barasway.
 
Callitriche heterophylla Pursh subsp. heterophylla - Larger Waterstarwort
 Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Inner shores of barachois pond. Entangled with charophytes (Nitella sp.).
 
Sparganium angustifolium Michaux - Narrowleaf Bur-reed
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Pond behind beach.
 
Polygonum aviculare cf. subsp. rurivagum (Jordan ex Boreau) E.-L. Berher [Final identification pending] - Narrow-leaved Knotweed - 
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Shingle behind [saltwater] barachois beach.
 
Lysimachia terrestris (L.) B. S. P. - Swamp Candles 
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. In water at edge of barachois
 
Potamogeton pusillus Berchtold’s Pondweed, Slender Pondweed
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Barachois Pond, inner portion. Freshwater.
 
Galium tinctorium Linnaeus - Dyer’s Bedstraw -
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Near barachois pond. Damp weeds and shrubbery.
 
Ruppia maritima Linnaeus - Ditchgrass, Beaked Tasselweed -
Bristol's Hope. Seaward side of barachois. Brackish.
 
Juncus articulatus Linnaeus - Jointed Rush
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Edge of barachois, near beach roadway. Wet.
 
Scutellaria galericulata Linnaeus var. pubescens Bentham - Marsh Skullcap
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Rocky shore of barachois
 
Oenothera parviflora Linnaeus  -  Northern Evening Primrose
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland. Gravelly area on barachois bar
 
Carex cf. scoparia Schkuhr ex Willdenow var. scoparia - Pointed Broom Sedge 
Bristol's Hope, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Base of cutbank, above beach.
 
 
 
 Pasted Graphic
 
Baldellia

 
Pasted Graphic 1

Baldellia


 
unknown
 
Bristol's Hope
 
 unknown
 
 Bristol's Hope



August 30 Harricott , The Tickles, Collin’s Pond (CP) [full day]

Leaders: John Maunder/Howard Clase (
H's cell 727-6410)

Meet at east side of Colinet Bridge, near Angelica occurrence, time 11.00.a.m. 
This is at the junction of Highways 91 & 93 and about 90 km (90 min) from St John's.  Drive down the Salmonier Line, follow it through Mt Carmel to Colinet, turn left onto #93 and wait by the roadside.  The Angelica sylvestris is just over the barrier on the river bank. (You can see it in Google Streetsview!)

We will go on to Harricott Bay to look at the estuary area and also some seaside beaches before we pause for lunch
(there are no premises providing lunch in the area so you will have to bring your own).

Then we shall walk out to the Tickles (about 3 km) to see if the old house still stands, and try to find the white Horned Gentian.

N.B The trail has been much used by young men on their destructive machines, it will always have wet sections, but since it hasn't been too rainy lately it may not be too bad, however
waterproof foot-ware will be essential.





Full Day Field Trip
This Saturday August 22


To Whitbourne [and, participants willing, on to Rocky River, Collins Pond, and Cataracts Provincial Park]

Date: August 22 ["rain day" = August 23] 

Leader: John Maunder

Meet, at 10: am, at Monty's Restaurant (and gar bar) parking lot,
on the TCH, just as you reach the Whitbourne area from the east

Some species of special interest:

  • Mass blooming of Scottish Heather (Calluna vulgaris) [spectacular]
  • Black Dogberry (Sorbaronia sp.) in berry
  • Black Alder, European Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
  • Water Horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile) massive beds
  • Whorled Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum verticillatum)
  • Acadian Quillwort (Isoëtes acadiensis)
  • Tuckerman’s Quillwort (Isoëtes tuckermanii)
  • Floating Hearts (Nymphoides cordata) [Collins Pond]

BRING BOOTS
, or "water slippers" - pond and river waters levels are high this year!


Contact: John Maunder:
phone (home) 335-2462
jem@nl.rogers.com
[Please address any replies to the
above e-mail address, NOT to my g-mail address.]



The Haricot Field Trip, originally scheduled for this coming Sunday, July 26,, will be re-scheduled, because the flowering season has been SO SLOW!

The new date will probably be sometime in late August.

                 




  July 5th, 2015 Sunday, Downtown Wildflower Walk

__________________________________________________________________________________________.

We will meet at 10:00 am at the top of the courthouse steps, Duckworth St. We will then proceed to the "west", by various sidewalk routes. (Last year's walk covered the area to the "east" of the courthouse steps.)

Walk duration: about 2 hours. A slow ramble.

In case of bad weather, watch your e-mail, or call John Maunder at 335-2462.
 


Japanese Pearlwort - Sagina japonica. Water Street. Courthouse parking area. In cracks between cobblestones. Very rare introduction.


Hope to see you on the 5th!
John

 

ALSO


Booking Accommodation for our July 18-July 19 Field Trip to the Bay Roberts Area (1 night only)

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Meeting Time and Place: Powell's Supermarket parking lot (by the main traffic lights in Bay Roberts by 9:30 am on July 18th, 2015. We will botanize all day July 18th, and until sometime after lunch on July 19th, 2015.
 
Please bring boots, rain-gear, magnifying glass, field guide, and lunch time snack.
 

Please book accommation as soon as possible. There is only a few remaining rooms at Bay Roberts Hotel and Scrunchions Restaurant (formerly the Klondyke Hotel)
 

Booking Options: See below, there are also several B&B's in the area (NL Tourism Guide).
 
 
1. Bay Roberts Hotel, 72-76 Water Street, Bay Roberts, phone: 709- 786-4700, fax- 709 786-4747, toll free #: 1-800-786-4703, or email: Reservations@bayrobertshotel.ca
 
 
 
2. Silverwood Inn, Bay Roberts (389-399 Conception Bay Highway) phone: 709 -786-4466, toll free #: 1-800-663-4450, fax- 709 786-1313, or email: silverwoodinn@eastlink.ca
(I have not been there recently, so I cannot vouch for the hotel's quality- John).

 
 
3. Fong's Motel and Restaurant, 143 Columbus Drive, Carbonear, phone- 709-596-5114 or email: contact@fongsmotel.com
 
 
 

Note: On checking price range for both Bay Roberts Hotel and Silverwood Inn, the cost is between $124-$149 plus tax. Double rooms have either two double beds or two queens bed which allows for shared accomodation.
 

On checking with Fong's Motel and Restaurant the cost is approximately $80 plus tax for single room and $84 for double room (two double beds).
 
 
Bay Roberts Hotel and the Silverwood Inn both have restaurants, but neither is open until noon time brunch. However, there are several earteries in close proximity to the hotels. Bay Roberts Hotel is willing to make a breakfast (extra charge).
 
 
 

Further information: please call:
 John Maunder, Leader - phone:335-2462 or jem@nl.rogers.com
OR
Carmel Conway Wildflower Society of NL, phone: 722-0121 or abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com



NOTICE OF GEO CENTRE WILDFLOWER WALK
 
Monday, June 8th, 2015 starting at: 6:00 p.m.

 

Leader: Glen Ryan
________________________________________________________________________
 
 
"Spring Shrubs Blooming"
 
Meet:  parking lot, Geo Centre
 
It might be helpful to bring along "Shrubs of Newfoundland" by Glen Ryan, or "Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland" by Todd Boland
 
-in case of inclement weather, please contact Glen before heading out for walk: call 739-6146 or cell- 728-9027
 
 
Species of special interest:
 
Chuckley Pear (Amelanchier spp.)!
Rhodora (Rhododendron canadense)
Mountain Holly (Ilex (= Nemopanthus) mucronata)
Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)




Sunday May 24 WFS Field Trip to See the Three Types of Crowberry on the Top of Nagles Hill, St. John's



Date: Sunday, May 24

Time: 10:30 am

Place: The top of Nagles Hill Road ... Go PAST the entrance to the golf course, all the way to the end of the road.

Parking: At the wide area at the end of the road, from where people walk up to the Three Pond Barrens [note: we will NOT be going up the main Three Pond Barrens path!].

Boots: YES

Hand lens: YES

Crowberries expected:

   E. nigrum nigrum (Common Black Crowberry - male and female flowers on different plants)

   Empetrum nigrum hermaphroditum (Hermaphroditic Black Crowberry - male and female flowers on same plants)

   Empetrum atropurpureum (Purple Crowberry)


For photos of crowberries, see the Crowberry Page on the "Digital Flora" ...
http://www.digitalnaturalhistory.com/flora_empetraceae_index.htm




Wildflower Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
Field Trip Schedule, Avalon Peninsula – 2015

Please note that there will be NO week-long field trip this year.

It is acknowledged that all field trips listed below will be held on the Avalon Peninsula. West coast, and other, members are encouraged to organize field trips in their local areas. Please let us know if you do.

All field trip dates are subject to change if the weather is too foul! Dates in square brackets are the first backup dates. All dates, including first backup dates, are either Saturdays or Sundays.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..


May 23 [24] [2 hours] (date is subject to change, depending on eventual flowering dates, stay tuned):

Crowberry (Empetrum) Blooming,
Nagle’s Hill, St. John’s.
Leader: John Maunder

Three “species” of special interest:

Common Black Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum ssp. nigrum)
Hermaphroditic Black Crowberry (
Empetrum nigrum ssp. hermaphroditum)
Purple Crowberry (
Empetrum atropurpureum)


June 13 [14] [2 hours] (date subject to change, depending on eventual flowering dates, stay tuned):

Spring Shrubs Blooming (a tradition).
GEO Centre, St. John’s.
Leader: Glen Ryan.

Species” of special interest:

Chuckley Pear (Amelanchier spp.)!
Rhodora (
Rhododendron canadense)
Mountain Holly (
Ilex (= Nemopanthus) mucronata)
Pin Cherry (
Prunus pensylvanica)


July 5 [2 hours] (Sunday morning, because of parking):

Downtown Sidewalks
west” of the old Museum, St. John’s.
Leader: John Maunder

Current checklist = 156 species!


July 11 [12] [1/2 day]:

Manuels River Trail.
Manuels River, Conception Bay South
Leader: John Maunder

Some species of special interest:

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Fragile Fern (
Cystopteris fragilis)
One-flowered Broom-rape (
Orobanche uniflora)
Lake Quillwort (
Isoëtes lacustris)
Tuckerman’s Quillwort (
Isoëtes tuckermanii)
Harvey’s Hybrid Quillwort (
Isoëtes ×harveyi)
Bush Honeysuckle (
Diervilla lonicera)


July 18-19 [two days] [Stay over at Bay Roberts, or Carbonear, or similar.]:

Bay Roberts and General Vicinity.
Leader: John Maunder

Some species of special interest:

Numerous!


July 26 [25] [Note the reverse day-preference because of tide] [full day] [low tide at nearby St. Mary’s is at 10:23 am Sunday July 26 (0.81 m)] [Meet at east side of Colinet Bridge, near Angelica occurrence, at 10:00 am]

Haricot, The Tickles, Collin’s Pond
Leader: John Maunder/Howard Clase

Some species of special interest:

Floating Hearts (Nymphoides cordata) in bloom (Collin’s Pond)
Wild Angelica (
Angelica sylvestris) (Colinet Junction)
Virginia Glasswort (
Salicornia depressa) (Haricot)
Maritime (= Rich’s) Seablite (
Suaeda maritima) (Haricot)
Northern Sandspurry (
Spergularia canadensis) (Haricot)
Ditchgrass (
Ruppia maritima) (Haricot)
Common Trailing Cinquefoil (
Potentilla simplex) (Haricot)
Horned Gentian (
Halenia deflexa) (The Tickles)


August 22 [23] [full day]

Whitbourne [option of continuing on to Cataracts Provincial Park, and the Rocky River?]
Leader: John Maunder
Some species of special interest:

Mass blooming of Scottish Heather (Calluna vulgaris) [spectacular]
Black Dogberry (
Sorbaronia sp.) in berry
Black Alder, European Alder (
Alnus glutinosa)
Water Horsetail (
Equisetum fluviatile) massive beds
Whorled Watermilfoil (
Myriophyllum verticillatum)
Acadian Quillwort (
Isoëtes acadiensis)
Tuckerman’s Quillwort (
Isoëtes tuckermanii)


September 5 [6] [full day]

Bristol’s Hope
Leader: Howard Clase/Gene and Karen Herzberg

Species of special interest:

Lesser Water-plantain (Baldellia ranunculoides) [only know North American occurrence!]


September 12 [13] [2 hours]

Mundy Pond, St. John’s
Leader: Glen Ryan

Species of special interest:

Brenda’s Goldenrod (Solidago brendiae)?


September 26 [27] [1/2 day]

Shea Heights (Southside Hills) Communication Towers
Leader: John Maunder

Species of special interest:

Pink Crowberry (Empetrum eamsii), plus the interesting “red-berried variant”






MAY WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Gardens, Mt. Scio
 
Speaker:  Judy Blakeley
 
Topic:    Southern Africa (2014) Part 2: Some Fauna and Flora of South Africa



APRIL WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
April 1st, (Wednesday), 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

 

MUN Botanial Gardens
Mt. Scio Road
Topic:   "Feast of Flowers of Picos de Europa"
(peaks of Europe)
- range of mountains in Northern Coast of Spain-
 
with presenter:  Pat Hill
 
In addition to its fabulous flora, The Picos of Europa contain many of the world's deepest caves and  support a dwindling group of shepherds who move up from the valleys in the summertime with their sheep, goats, cows.  The area is also famed for its piquat blue cheeses.



March Wildflower Meeting

The March Meeting has been rescheduled to March 11




 

March 11th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Gardens
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
We are  delighted to have two presentations for this meeting!
 
 
While wildflower members Mary and John Bridson recently moved from this province, and now reside in Ottawa, they continue to travel and were able to enjoy a recent holiday in Italy. Mary was kind enough to put together a selection of her images of this trip for us to enjoy!
 
Mary Bridson - "Walking the Tratturi:  Floral Trails in Central Italy".

 

&
 

Roger White has captured "A Different North Atlantic Flora:  Flowers of the Azores".  (our very first talk on wildflowers of the Azores!)
 





Please note that
there will NOT be a week-long summer field trip for 2015.
We have decided to try a few shorter excursions perhaps on the Avalon.
Further details will be provided near the end of our winter programme.




FEBRUARY WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
February 4th, 2015, (Wednesday) 7:30 pm
MUN Botanical Gardens
Speaker: Todd Boland
 
Topic:   "Flora and Fauna of Colombia"



WILDFLOWER SOCIETY CHRISTMAS PARTY!

 
Wedneday night, December 3rd, 7:30 pm (MUN Botanical Garden)
 
It is time for our Christmas get-together and end of the year slide show!
 
We ask members to bring along a treat to share, either sweet or savory, wine,coffee/tea wil be provided.
 
See you there!







The next wildflower society meeting will be held in conjunction with the Rock Garden Society on
Oct 22, 7:30 pm at the Botanical Garden. 
 

We will have Mike Kintgen of Denver Botanical garden speaking on
The Flora of Patagonia


"We will travel through Patagonia Argentina from the far Southern part of
Santa Cruz in Southern Patagonia through 4 provinces to Mendoza north of
Patagonia. We will visit a wide variety of habitats from semiarid steppe,
montane forest, alpine areas and wet mountain forest similar to parts of
British Columbia. Along the way we will see a spectacular array of wildflowers and scenery."



OCTOBER WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Garden
____________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Title:  South Africa (2014) Part 1: Flora and Fauna of Botswana
 
presented by: Judy Blakeley & Helen Jones


Outdoor Program 2014

SCHEDULE OF WILDFLOWER WALKS – SPRING/SUMMER 2014
Please be advised that dates may be changed depending on blooming times.

June 15, ( Sunday)
GEO CENTRE,
Signal Hill, led by Glen Ryan, a scenic walk with a great selection of wildflowers, shrubs and berries-(rhodora, chuckley pear)- an easy walk for new members. Meet: parking lot of Geo Centre at 10:00 a.m. Glen can be reached at: a.glenryan@gmail.com or 739-6146.

June 22 (Sunday)
TREE WALK AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE led by Todd Boland. Meet time: 10:00 a.m, parking lot behind Government House. Todd can be reached at: todd.boland@warp.nfld.net or 753-6027.

June 28/June 29 (Saturday or Sunday)
VIRGINIA RIVER WALKING TRAIL- led by John Maunder. Park on side road off Logy Bay, just to the St. John’s side of Logy Bay Road Bridge. Meeting time: 10:00 a.m. John can be reached at: jem@nl.rogers.com or 335-2462.

July 10 (Thursday)
KENNY’S POND- HOLIDAY INN AREA WALK- led by Daphne Gillingham.
Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Mini Golf Course Attraction Area. Highlight- yellow iris. Daphne can be reached at: daphnegillingham@nf.sympatico.ca or (h) 726-8385 or cell- 690-7635.

July 6 (Sunday) POSTPONED
SHOE COVE TRAIL, Pouch Cove led by Ed Hayden. Meet at Cape Town Convenience Portugal Cove Highway (left hand side of the road) at 10:00 a.m. Highlight- Ragged robin. Ed can be reached at: edhayden.osprey@gmail.com or (h) 738-0358 or cell- 730-8534.

July 19 (Saturday)
Neary’s Pond Trail, Portugal Cove-St. Phillips, led by Carmel Conway. Meet at 10:00 a.m. end of Neary’s Pond Road (further directions to follow). Scent Bottle orchids, wild parsnip, orange hawkweed a highlight. Carmel can be reached at: abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com or- 722-0121.

July 13 (Sunday)
Water Street/Duckworth Street Walk led by John Maunder. Meet at War Memorial at 10:00 a.m. John can be reached at: jem@nl.rogers.com or 335-2462.

July 15
(Tuesday)
Bidgood’s Trail, Goulds, led by Karen and Gene Herzberg. Highlight- blue flag iris. Meet at Power’s Pond Road at 5:00 p.m. (Map below). Karen can be reached at: karenherzberg@warp.nfld.net or 753-6568. Gene can be researched at: gherzberg@nl.sympatico.ca or 753-6568.
Bidgoods Park map meeting place WFS

Thursday July 17 6:30 PM
Dactylorhiza majalis
(leopard marsh orchid) Nagles Hill Walk led by Charlie Horwood. Drive up Allandale Road (on route to the Admiral's Green Golf Course, but before you get there) and just a little past the overpass on the left, is a turn off parking area and our meeting point.  Charlie can be reached at: 579-6983.

July 22, 2014,Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. (sharp)

WILDFLOWER WALK GULLY ROAD TO BIG RIVER/PICCO'S BROOK, TORBAY
Lead by: Ross Traverse and Madeleine Florent
Meet at Traverse Gardens, Byrne's Lane, Torbay. We will walk to Gully Road and then follow the road to Big River/Picco's Brook (same river that runs from Gosse' Pond) and back.
Madeleine can be reached at: madeleine.florent@nf.sympatico.ca or 437-6439.
Ross can be reached at: traversegardens@nl.aibn.com or 437-5539. (out of town until Tuesday)

If the weather is foul, please check with either Madeleine or Ross before heading out . Please bring fly repellant as a precaution.


July 24—July 28 St. Pierre and Miquelon Summer Field Trip 2014

August 6 (Wednesday Regatta Day)
POSTPONED
Beaver Pond Trail or Old Petty Harbour Road Trail l
ed by Roger White. Meet time and place to be determined. Roger can be reached at: roger@mun.ca or 753-7904.

August 10 (Sunday) CANCELLED
Mundy Pond Trail, led by Karen and Gene Herzberg. Meet time: 4:00 p.m. Park of beginning of trail- across from Mews Centre. Karen can be reached at: karenherzberg@warp.nfld.net or 753-6568. Gene can be reached at: gherzberg@nf.sympatico.ca or 753-6568.

August 16 (Saturday)
LaManche Park, led by John Maunder: Meet at park day use parking lot by 10:00 a.m. John can be reached at: jem@nl.rogers.com or 335-2462.

August 23 (Saturday) CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Virginia River Walking Trail, led by Glen Ryan. Meeting time: 10:00 a.m. Park on side of road off Logy Bay Road, just to the St. John’s side of Logy Bay Road Bridge. Glen can be reached at: a.glenryan@gmail.com or 739-6146.

August 24 (Sunday)
Water Street/Duckworth Street Walk, led by John Maunder. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at War Memorial.   The route of the walk will be largely different from the downtown walk earlier this year. John can be reached at: jem@nl.rogers.com or 335-2462.

September 1
(Labour Day- Monday) CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Spaniard’s Bay Area- Bristol’s Hope led by John Maunder. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Spaniards Bay Beach, down the side road (“Cross Road”, nearly opposite the Shearstown Road) along the SE side of the bay, at the base of the big gravel spit that curves back in toward the beach. John can be reached: jem@nl.rogers.com or 335-2462.



Saturday, September 6th, 10:00 a.m.
Wildflower Walk Waterford Valley Trail, & stroll through General Protestant Cemetery
 
Led by:  Glen Ryan & Suzanne Sexty
 
Meeting place:  Start of the Waterford Valley Trail, next to the Dockyard.  We will proceed to Symes Bridge.  Following this, Suzanne will then lead a walk to the Cemetery, across Waterford Bridge Road, highlighting some very interesting trees, shrubs, and headstones.
Parking: Two Options

1. Railway Station Museum Parking Lot (not certain if they charge ? ) or,
2. FREE Parking at Waterford River side of Southside Road, approaching the dockyard parking as you head north.
 
Primary species to see:   Canada Goldenrod see image at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/nfwildflowers/Yi-1y1GhymM

Important note: If the weather is foul, please contact one of the leaders before heading out:
Glen can be reached at
a.glenryan@gmail.com or 739-6146. Suzanne can be reached at: ssexty@mun.ca or 579-3311.


DETAILS OF END OF THE SEASON BARBECUE/DINNER TO BE DETERMINED AT A LATER DATE.
Late September
Water Street/Duckworth Street Walk
(to be determined)












The Golden Mountains of Central Asia....Alpines of the Tien Shan


On Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 pm, MUN Botanical Garden, we will have a special presentation

Through
collaboration with the NL Rock Garden Society, we are delighted to have Panayoti Kelaidis, director of outreach at the Denver Botanical Garden (he was also the past curator of their alpine collection), give us a talk. 

His talk will be “The Golden Mountains of Central Asia....Alpines of the Tien Shan”. 

Panayoti has spoken around the world, so it promises to be a great presentation.  Please mark the date on your calendar.  We hope you can attend.






The 2014 Society Financial Statement is available on the Annual Financial Reports Page




May Wildflower Meeting,
 
May 7th, 2014 (Wednesday)  at 7:30 p.m
 
MUN Botanical Gardens, Mt. Scio Road
 
Speaker:  Julissa Roncal, Department of Biology MUN
 
Topic;  "For the Love of Palms"






A number of the images shown by Ian Christie in last nights delightful talk can be found in the
International Rock Gardener Number 38 The Scottish Rock Garden Club February 2013 which can be found at the following web link

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2013Mar011362129867IRG38Feb2013.pdf



APRIL WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
MUN BOTANICAL GARDENS
Wednesday April 2nd, 2014
7:30 p.m.
 
(this meeting will be in conjunction with the Rock Garden Society)
 
GUEST SPEAKER:   Ian Christie
 
TOPIC:  Wildflowers of Scotland





Those who are taking part in this summer’s field trip to St. Pierre and Miquelon might like to read or re-read Howard Clase’s summary of the previous society trip to SPM in 1998. It is in the Fall 1998 Sarracenia, Volume 8 number 2 which can be downloaded from the Sarracenia link on this website.






We Are Finally Going to Hear From Ken Knowles


MARCH WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, 2014  at 7:30 p.m
 
Botanical Garden
 
Speaker:  Ken Knowles
 
Topic: "Flora and Fauna of Arizona, Utah & Colorado"









TONIGHT'S MEETING (Wednesday, Feb 19) CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

 
Due to weather conditions that quickly came upon us, we have decided to postpone tonight's meeting.  
 
Ken has gladly agreed to reschedule at another time.  



FEBRUARY WILDFLOWER MEETING RESCHEDULED
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014  at 7:30 p.m
Botanical Garden
Speaker:  Ken Knowles
 
Topic: "Flora and Fauna of Arizona, Utah & Colorado"
 



The regularly scheduled February meeting has been rescheduled so that members can attend Henry Mann’s lecture at The Rooms about Carnivorous Plants. Details below.

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 PM at the Rooms.

CARNIVOROUS PLANTS OF OUR PROVINCE


The pitcher plant isn’t the only carnivorous plant that grows wild in Newfoundland and Labrador. Don’t forget about butterwort, sundew and bladderwort! Join Dr. Henry Mann, Associate Professor in the Environmental Science Unit of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, as he illuminates the world of meat- eating plants right below our feet. Afterwards, visit the kid-friendly exhibit Gotcha! Carnivorous Plants Chow Down.


Also Join Henry at the Rooms at 2:30 on Thursday, February 6 for

Coffee and Culture

PRETTY AS A PITCHER

To celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Gotcha! Carnivorous Plants Chow Down, come to a special presentation of the Land and Sea episode Pretty as a Pitcher. Afterwards, Dr. Henry Mann will bring us on an in-depth look at the botanical collection on display in the exhibit on Level 2.for the February Coffee and Culture



Carnivorous Plants Exhibit at the Rooms

Gotcha! Carnivorous Plants Chow Down
November 29, 2013 – June 1, 2014


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The Rooms website says it is aimed at kids aged five to nine but will be enjoyed by all ages.

Gene and Karen Herzberg went and enjoyed it so the Rooms’ description seems to be correct.

There are a few photos from the exhibit on the 2014 Photos page.









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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

DECEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
 
MUN BOTANICAL GARDENS, MT. SCIO RD.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
 
CHRISTMAS PARTY AND MEMBER'S SLIDE SHOW, including PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2013  and Winners!
 
Judges for this year's competition: Eva Musseau, Glen Ryan & John Bridson. Compiling of all images for the meeting: John Maunder.
 
-please bring a small treat (sweet or savory) to share. Wine, tea and coffee will be served-
 
 
-see you there!-




NOVEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
Wednesday, November 6th, 7:30 p.m.
Botanical Garden 
 
Speakers: Judith Blakeley & Helen Jones
 
Topic:   "Flora and Fauna of Tanzania"






OCTOBER WILDFLOWER MEETING

 

"Wildflowers of Oman"

 
presented by:  Mario Escobar
 
Tuesday, October 1st, at 7:30 pm

MUN Botanical Garden
 
- please note that the time has been changed to Tuesday night for October month only, to accomodate Mario , who returns to Oman the following day-
 
- reminder -it is renewal of membership time! and we ask member to come a 10-15 minutes before start tie to allow time for registration fees to be paid.





NEIL'S POND WILDFLOWER WALK-
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd, 2:00 PM
 
Leader: John Maunder
 
(
The weather is supposed to be good)

DIRECTIONS:

Meet in Paradise, along the CBS Highway, heading south (ie. COMING FROM St. John's), at a low "community building" on the left (it had a daycare in it the last time I looked), just before a roadside soccer pitch, that is just before a set of lights, that is just before the very big ACAN Windows building, that is just before Octagon Pond.

A small post office is on the right, more or less across the road, just
before the site. The house street number directly across the road from the site is #1588.

The parking signs on the "community building" parking lot are a bit confusing. If in doubt, the shoulder of the highway in front of this property is quite wide and SHOULD be OK to park on (but check for signs).


See you there.
 
John can be reached at:  jem@nl.rogers.com
or call- 335-2462





TREE WALK

 
Where:  Bowring Park
When:   Sunday, August 25, 2013
Time:     2:00 p.m.
Meet:    The Gravel Parking Lot at the West End Entrance to the Park
 
Leader:  Todd Boland




Informal Wildflower Walk at the GEO Centre Trails

Rescheduled from August 14 due to rain

 
 

Sunday, August 18th, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.
 

A scenic walk with a good selection of wildflowers, shrubs and berries, an ideal walk for new members.

Meet at the parking lot closest to the GEO Centre - we will start at the trail to the right of the building and the dog statues.
 


Leaders: Daphne Gillingham and Dorothy Parker
 

Note:
For more information or in case of inclement weather (no short notice email may be possible)
telephone Daphne 726-8385 or 690-7635 (cell)
email Dorothy:
d.parker@nf.sympatico.ca



Informal Wildflower Walk at the GEO Centre Trails

                                                      
Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 2013 at 10 am
 
A scenic walk with a good selection of wildflowers, shrubs and berries, an ideal walk for new members.
            
Meet at the parking lot closest to the GEO Centre  -  we will start at the trail to the right of the building and the dog statues.
 
                                                    
  Leaders:  Daphne Gillingham and Dorothy Parker
 
For more information or in case of inclement weather (no short notice email may be possible)
           telephone Daphne 726-8385 or 690-7635 (cell)
           email Dorothy:
d.parker@nf.sympatico.ca




REGATTA DAY WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG LONG POND

 
Wednesday, August 7th at 10:00 a.m. 
 
Meeting place:  Parking Lot of Fluvarium
 
Leader:  Glen Ryan
 
-come enjoy a leisurely stroll, you are sure to see a wide variety of flora-
 
of course, weather permitting!
 
any questions, Glen can be reached at: a.glenryan@gmail.com
 




INFORMAL WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG LONG POND

This was cancelled due to rain.
 
Sunday, August 4th at l0:00 a.m.
 
Meeting place:  Parking Lot of Fluvarium
 
Leader:  Glen Ryan
 
-come enjoy a leisurely stroll, you are sure to see a wide variety of flora-
 
any questions, Glen can be reached at: a.glenryan@gmail.com






WILDFLOWER WALK IN PORTUGAL COVE

 

SUNDAY, July 28th, at l0:00 a.m.
 

Leader: Mary Bridson
 

Meeting Place: Meet at end of Neary's Pond Road in Portugal Cove. Follow Portugal Cove Road down the hill past Murray's, turn sharp left as it flattens out, onto Neary's Pond Road, follow to end. There is limited parking at the end of the road, please make sure not to block the house there. There is some public parking about 200m back by pond, across from Western Gully Road (but not private pondside sites).
 

We will see scent bottle orchids, wild parnsnip and orange hawkweed in abundance, plus a wonderful view of Bell Island and Conception Bay.
 

Advice: Need wellies to get up close to the orchids (near start of trail), but otherwise good track.
 
 

Any questions, Mary can be reached at: mbridson@mun.ca



Informal Wildflower Walk to BIG THREE CORNER POND, Bauline LIne/ Torbay

 

   Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00 (sharp)

Meeting place: Kinsmen Centre/Bauline Line
LEADER: Madeleine Florent


 This will be our first walk to Big Three Corner Pond.  The walk to the pond will take about 20 minutes.



The Kinsmen Centre is on Bauline Line (on the left not far from where you turn off from Torbay Road, or can access by taking the Torbay By-Pass, turn right on Bauline Line towards Torbay Road- it will be on your right, close to the intersection). We suggest that if you are unfamiliar with the area, leave a bit early to give plenty of time to find.

BOOTS RECOMMENDED


Any problem finding the start point, Madeleine can be reached at: 437-6439 or cell- 728-5158 or e-mail address:
madeleine.florent@nf.sympatico.ca
 
or
 
Carmel at: 722-0121 or abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com




WILDFLOWERING ALONG JOHNSON FOUNDATION WALKING TRAIL


Leaders: Howard and Leila Clase
 

Date: Wednesday July 17th, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
 

(if weather is bad, please watch e-mail for cancellation and rescheduled time)
 

-meet at the circle at the end of Harbourview Avenue (off Torbay Road) , and we will meander down the trail in the direction of the Outer Ring Road
  
Howard & Leila can be reached: hclase@mun.ca


SHOE COVE BEACH WILDFLOWER WALK

 
Saturday, July 6th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
 
Leader: Carmel Conway
 
Meeting Place:  Cape Town Convenience, Pouch Cove Highway (on left hand side of highway)
 
 
This will be an informal walk to beautiful Shoe Cove Beach.  Before you arrive at Cape Town Convenience you will pass Satellite Road and a purple Lions Club Sign (both on the right).  After meeting at Cape Town Convenience we will head on to Shoe Cove Road (second turn off, right hand side of the road).
 
As this path is on a decline and can be rocky, please wear good hiking boots; also path to the beach is uneven and somewhat steep.
 
-hoping to see Ragged Robin - Lychnis flos-cuculi-
 
Any questions Carmel can be reached at: abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com
or 722-0121





The GNP Field Trip is now full and no more participants will be accepted.




The pink lady slippers are in bloom on Mount Scio

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Pink Lady Slipper Walk

Wednesday, June 12
, 6 PM Rain or shine

Meet at the parking lot across the street from the MUN Botanical Garden

Leaders:  Gene and Karen Herzberg




The GNP Field Trip is now full and no more participants will be accepted.


The agenda for day 4 of the summer field trip to the Northern Peninsula has been revised. There is a copy of the revised day 4 agenda in the downloads area and the full agenda has been updated to include the changes.



WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG GEO CENTRE

 
Thursday May 30th, 6:00 p.m.
 
Meet at the first entrance parking lot to the Geo Centre
(easy walk)
 
Leaders: John Maunder & Heather Saunders
 (any questions email John:  jem@nl.rogers.com or Heather:  c.saunders@nl.rogers.com )
John:  335-2462  -  728-7846(Cell) or Heather:  368-6935
 
- it would be helpful to bring along Todd Boland's Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador, or Glen Ryan's "Shrubs of Newfoundland"




Hawke Hills Walk- Saturday May 25th at 2:00 pm

Bring a jacket as it can be breezy and cooler there.
Directions:
Take the TCH west until you get to the Salmonier turnoff, exit 35. Go over the overpass and backtrack east. You will see Hawke Hill with the cell towers as you approach. Go past the turnoff to the Gun Club and the sign that says "Conway Flowers". The turnoff is on the right at the top of the hill, the first right past the Gun Club, and just before a green highway sign that says "St. John's, Holyrood" etc. There is a red stop sign at the intersection. Go slowly or you will miss it. If you go past the Blue Fin entrance, you have gone too far. Turn right onto the gravel road and proceed to the top of the hill. Judy will meet you at the top.

Please phone or e-mail Judy if you are planning to come.
437 6852 or jblakeley@nl.rogers.com
 
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU LET JUDY KNOW THAT YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO, IN CASE OF CANCELLATION, AS SHE WOULD NOT LIKE ANYONE TO GO UP AND FIND NOBODY THERE – THANK YOU.

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MAY WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
May 1st, 2013 (Wednesday)
 
MUN Botanical Garden
7:30 p.m.
  
Speaker:  Todd Boland
 
Topic: Fauna and Flora of South Eastern Brazil
 


APRIL WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Garden
  
Topic:  Spring in Patagonia (region at southern end of South America)
 
Speakers:  Mary and John Bridson.




Note that there are two meetings in March


Special Joint Meeting with NatureNL

WILDFLOWER MEETING with NATURE NL
 
March 14th,  (THURSDAY) 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN SCIENCE BUILDING 2067
 
Nature NL is trying to arrange for the gates of Lot 15 to be opened for parking (confirmation of this to be posted prior to meeting)
 
Speaker: Luise Hermanutz
 
Luise will be discussing her new book, co-authored with Alain Cuerrier entitled "Our plants, Our Land...plants of Nain & Torngat Mountains Basecamp and Research Station".
 
Copies of her book available for sale and signing. Cost is $l9.99 ($21.00 with tax) Please bring exact change.


Regular March Meeting

MARCH WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
Wednesday, March 6th, 7:30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Garden
 
Topic:  Flora and Fauna of South Shore/Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
 
John Maunder will present an overview of our August 2012 Summer Field Trip to Nova's Scotia South Shore and Cape Breton
It will be illustrated by photos taken by members who went on the trip.






FEBRUARY WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
February 6th, (Wednesday) 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Gardens
 
Speaker: Luise Hermanutz
 
Luise will be discussing her new book, co-authored with Alain Cuerrier entitled "Our plants, Our Land...plants of Nain & Torngat Mountains Basecamp and Research Station".
 
We hope to have copies of her book available for sale and signing.  The cost is $l9.99 ($21.00 with tax).






DECEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING

 
MUN Botanical Garden - Mt. Scio Road
 
Wednesday,  December 5th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
Christmas Social & Member's Photography Slideshow & Winner's of Photography Competition
 
 
 
 Please bring a small treat (sweet or savory) to share with others.
Wine, tea or coffee will be provided.





NOVEMBER 7th, 2012 MEETNG

7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Garden
 
SPEAKER:  John Crellin
 
TOPIC:  "Making of a Southern Garden- The Story of Tommie Bass" (a famous Appalachian herbalist).


A reminder that the second part of Todd Boland’s Montana/Wyoming trip will be featured at this weeks Rock Garden Society meeting:

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 pm at the Garden.
  
 This talk is entitled:
Beartooth Mountains – Dizzying Heights and Alpine Delights.  

All are welcome.




OCTOBER WILDFLOWER MEETING
 
Wednesday - October 3rd, 2012
Botanical Gardens
7:30 p.m.
 
"The Bighorns of Wyoming - Desert Canyons to Alpine Heights
 
Speaker: Todd Boland
 
&
 
Reminder of Deadline for our 5th Annual Photo Competition 2012 - October 15th, 2012
 
Rules of Competition are available for reference on our website: www.wildflowersocietynl.ca


WILDFLOWER SOCIETY OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
SUMMER 2012 WILDFLOWER WALKS
-we hope that all walks will go ahead as scheduled-
* Asterisk-marked are walks for which confirmation of attendance is required
- we hope to send out a reminder of these walks or changes, however, if uncertain about a walk, it would be wise to make contact with the designated leader.
Completed walks have been moved to the bottom of the list.




Because of the early blooming of the trees and shrubs, the date of the
WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG GEO CENTRE
has been moved to
 
This Thursday        
May 24th, l0:30 a.m.
 
Meet at the first entrance parking lot to the Geo Centre
(easy walk)
 
Leaders: Daphne Gillingham & Heather Saunders
 any questions email Daphne:  daphnegillingham@nf.sympatico.ca or Heather:  c.saunders@nl.rogers.com
Daphne:  726-8385 or Heather:  368-6935 Cell: 685-1948
 
- it would be helpful to bring along Todd Boland's Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador, or Glen Ryan's "Shrubs of Newfoundland"








The date of the Hawke Hills Walk has been changed to Tuesday May 22, 2012, from 2-4 pm.



Judy checked out the area Sunday, May 20, and some of the key species are in full flower (see pics).

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Diapensia laponica




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Kalmia procumbens or Loiseleuria procumbia

Tuesday promises to be a lovely warm day so we hope it won't be too windy for photography. Bring a jacket as it can be breezy and cooler there.

For anyone who does not know how to get there, here are the directions:

Take the TCH west until you get to the Salmonier turnoff, exit 35. Go over the overpass and backtrack east. You will see Hawke Hill with the cell towers as you approach. Go past the turnoff to the Gun Club and the sign that says "Conway Flowers". The turnoff is on the right at the top of the hill, the first right past the Gun Club, and
just before a green highway sign that says "St. John's, Holyrood" etc. There is a red stop sign at the intersection. Go slowly or you will miss it. If you go past the Blue Fin entrance, you have gone too far.

Turn right onto the gravel road and proceed to the top of the hill. I will meet you at the top.
Please let Judy know ASAP by email of phone if you are planning on coming.

Judy (Blakeley)
437 6852



*MAY 28 (Monday) - HAWKE HILLS - Judith Blakeley will lead an informal wildflower photography shoot. Meeting time and place: l0 a.m. (top of Hawke Hills). This will be an opportunity to photograph Diapensia and Loiseleuria/clubmosses. The area will be checked in advance to make certain Diapensia is in flower. Notice of change in date will be posted if necessary. Note: Any member interested in attending MUST contact Judy in advance. Members might like to refer to Helen Jones/Judy Blakeley’s article published in Sarracenia 209 (l6) 2, l8. All members are welcome, even those who don’t take pictures, for it’s a great opportunity to look around and roam! Contact Judy at: jblakeley@nl.rogers.com or call 437-6852. Please note - Executive members are of the expert opinion that these flowers may well be blooming or about to bloom now; please be prepared to go at short notice (watch for email on Tuesday).

JUNE 7(Thursday) GEO CENTRE -/
BILL TITFORD MEMORIAL WALK. Daphne Gillingham & Heather Saunders will lead an informal wildflower walk along the GEO Centre. Meeting time and place: GEO Centre parking lot at l0:30 a.m. This area has a remarkable selection of early flowering trees and shrubs. Contact Daphne at: daphnegillingham@nf.sympatico.ca or call 726-8385.
Heather's Cell# 685-1948. Glen Ryan’s “Shrubs of Newfoundland” might come in handy.
Please Note
: The flowering trees and shrubs may be about to bloom earlier than June 7 - so be prepared to go earlier - watch for further notice re earlier "walk".

JUNE 13 (Wednesday) - BIDGOOD’S PARK WALKING TRAIL
-Karen and Gene Herzberg will be leading this walk. Meeting time and place: Power’s Road in the Goulds at 5:30 p.m. To get to Powers Road, take the Ruby Line to the Back Line to Powers Road.A map of the meeting place is shown below. Any questions, Karen can be reached at: karenherzberg@warp.nfld.net or call 753-6865. Karen’s cell: 727-5906, in case you get lost. Please leave early as this is a new starting point for most people.

Bidgoods Park map meeting place WFS

Saturday, June 30, l0 a.m.
GOSSE'S POND WETLAND WALK- TORBAY
(in conjunction with Torbay Environment & Trails Committee)
 
Meeting place: Kinsmen Centre/Bauline Line
 
Leader: Madeleine Florent
 
The Kinsmen Centre is on Bauline Line (on the left not far from where you turn off from Torbay Road, or can access by taking the Torbay By-Pass, turn right on Bauline Line towards Torbay Road- it will be on your right, close to the intersection).  We will be carpooling depending on the number of members who attend, as the entrance is on private property and there is not much room to park vehicles. We suggest that if you are unfamiliar with the area, leave a bit early to give plenty of time to find.
 
While the water level is presently low, boots are required.
  
Robbie Hicks (with Torbay Environment & Trails Comittee) has suggested bringing a lunch, and has invited us back to her home to eat it, and will be supplying refreshments and dessert! (Robbie is on Whitty's Lane- about one kilometre north of Bauline Line, so not far from Kinsmen Centre.
 
Any problem finding the start point, Madeleine can be reached at: 437-6439 or Luise Hermanutz at cell: 765-5657.  This walk will be cancelled only if weather is extremely foul and so far looks good!
 
Finally, if you are interested in attending, please e-mail Carmel at abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com or call- 722-0121, as Madeleine would like approximate number attending.


SHOE COVE BEACH WILDFLOWER WALK
Change of Date
 
Monday, July 2nd at l0:00 a.m.  (originally scheduled for July 1st at 9:00)
 
Leader:  Carmel Conway
 
Meeting place:  Cape Town Convenience, Pouch Cove Highway (left hand side of road).
 
This is an informal walk to photograph some beach plants.  The walk from your car (parked on Shoe Cove Road) down to the beach is about l5 minutes, but the trail is on a decline with a few spots with loose rocks, so please wear good grip hiking boots.  It is a beautiful spot, so consider bringing your lunch and have a picnic.
 
Drive down the Pouch Cove Highway, you will pass Satellite Road,with the Purple Lions Club sign on the right, continue on a little further and on the left there is a convenience store, Cape Town Convenience.  We will meet at l0.a.m.
 
For any members that arrive late, continue on to Shoe Cove Road, second turn-off on the right. Park at the end of the road, which is a dead end- you will notice a dome-shaped home on the right, the trail begins there. While walking the trail stay on the right and continue down to the beach.
 
Any questions Carmel can be reached at: abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com
or (h) 722-0121.


JULY 8 (Sunday) - GALLOWS COVE/TORBAYGlen Ryan will lead an informal walk along Gallows Cove Hiking Trail. Meeting time and place: Park on the right hand side of Gallows Cove Road at end of Road, meeting time at l0:00 a.m. Please tuck your car in as far as possible to make room for turn around and exiting traffic. Any questions for Glen: a.glenryan@gmail.com or call: 739-6146.
Note that the time for the July 15 walk to see the Leopard Marsh Orchid has been changed to 10:00 and the meeting place has been changed to the Overflow Parking Lot across from the entrance to the MUN Botanical Gardens.
JULY 15 (Sunday) - PIPPY PARK
- Carmel Conway is willing to take members up to see the Leopard Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis). Meeting time: Overload parking area, Pippy Park at 9:00 a.m. Time might change if flowering is earlier. Carmel can be reached at: abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com or call: 722-0121.

MID-JULY Neil’s Pond Paradise/or Bog Orchid, Pouch Cove. Leader: John Maunder. Details of this walk will be posted closer to mid-July and depend on this year’s flowering season. John can be reached at: jem@nl.rogers.com or call: 335-2462.

*JULY 22 (Sunday) – SOLDIERS POND ORCHID BOG- Todd Boland will be leading this walk. Meet at the transmission line at l0 a.m. west of the Foxtrap Weigh Scales- beginning of the Little Soldiers Pond pole line. Some highlights will be white-fringed orchid, scent-bottle orchid, ragged-fringed orchid, Andrew’s orchid, Rose Pogonia, Dwarf huckleberry, Newfoundland birch, and sundew. Note: Any member attending MUST contact Todd in advance. Todd can be reached at todd.boland@warp.nfld.net or call: 753-6027.

2nd GOSSE'S POND /WETLAND WALK-TORBAY
(in conjunction with Torbay Environment & Trails Committee)

July 25th, 2012  Wednesday at l0:00 am

Meeting place: Kinsmen Centre/Bauline Line

Leader: John Maunder

The Kinsmen Centre is on Bauline Line (on the left not far from where =
you turn off from Torbay Road, or can access by taking the Torbay =
By-Pass, turn right on Bauline Line towards Torbay Road- it will be on =
your right, close to the intersection).  We will be carpooling depending =
on the number of members who attend, as the entrance is on private =
property and there is not much room to park vehicles. We suggest that if =
you are unfamiliar with the area, leave a bit early to give plenty of =
time to find.

Boots are required.

If you plan to attend, please e-mail John in advance.


Any questions-John can be reached at:
jem@nl.rogers.com
or phone - 335-2462


July 29 (Sunday) WILDFLOWER WALK- BRIGUS SOUTH (Southern Shore)
 
(do not confuse with Brigus, Conception Bay!)
 
SUNDAY, JULY 29th, l0:00 am
 
Leaders: Elke & John Molgaard
 
John and Elke will be leading an informal walk at Brigus South- this will be an exploration of headland and harbour, short portion of East Coast Trail, possibly nearby quarries and bogs (bring boots).
 
Directions: Head south on Highway l0, through Tors Cove and past LaManche Provincial Park. The turn off left to Brigus South is clearly signposted, about 2 km, before Cape Broyle welcome sign.  63 km from downtown St. John's, about 1 hr. driving. 
 
Meet at "car park" at end of road (as far as you can drive) on the east ocean side of the harbour (not the "government wharf" side, where the fishing boats are).
 
If you expect to attend, please phone Elke and John beforehand, or to cancel.
 
Until Friday July 27, 9 a.m.: 726-0719 (home) or elkemolgaard@hotmail.com.
After that: 687-5219 (cell) at our cabin (but no e-mail!!!) Should weather be foul, check through this number, but weather up on the Southern Shore can be different, from St. John's weather, sometimes better.


AUGUST 6-11 Coastal Plains Flora Excursion –in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Wild Flora and Fauna Society. Leader- Charles Cron.
August 13-15 Botanizing Cape Breton- in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Wild Flora and Fauna Society. Leader- Carl Munden



The Mushroom Walk Scheduled for August 30 has been Cancelled.
As we have delighted in an incredibly warm and sunny summer, the downside is that there has not been much rain, and there is presently a scarcity of mushrooms.   John Bridon has checked a couple of known mushroom hot-spots and notes they are so- far scarce. John has suggested we wait until perhaps mid-September to see if there is any improvement.  A notice will be posted if/when the walk is reschedulde.
AUGUST 30 (Thursday) - WINDSOR LAKE AREA MUSHROOM WALKPat Hill will lead an informal walk around the Windsor Lake/Newfoundland Pond Area. There might be a change in time depending on our mushroom season. Meeting time and Place- 10 a.m. Park along the Portugal Cove Road along Windsor Lake. There is a pull off point where the old Portugal Cove Road used to run. Pat can be reached at 579-1289 or e-mail: pah22@hotmail.com

The Rock Garden Society Lecture scheduled for September 12 has been cancelled. With the impending hurricane due to hit here Tuesday-Wednesday, our guest speaker has cancelled. 
 
Thanks,
Todd

Rock Garden Society Lecture Wednesday, September 12

The Newfoundland Rock Garden Society is delighted to announce that on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Nick Turland will be a guest speaker at the Botanical Garden, 7:30 pm.  Nick is originally from the UK but is now working at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  His presentation will be “The Alpines of the Austrian Alps”.  Members of the Wildflower Society are invited to attend this talk.

Mushroom Walk


    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2012  START TIME: 10 a.m.  LEADER: JOHN BRIDSON



John says there are loads of mushrooms out now.  John will be leading the walk in the woods at the start of the ski trail on Thorburn road. To get to it, drive out of town on the Thorburn road, under the Trans-Canada (ring road), past Whelan's convenience store on the right, and
at a noticeable left curve, park on the right side of the road on a large gravel area. This is sometimes known locally as Watson's Turn. If you see lake on the right hand side of the road, you have driven too far!

Depending on weather the paths could be flooded, and I will not go if there is heavy rain on the day, so it is important that anyone intending to join me either phones (895 2425) or emails
jbridson@mun.ca - preferably on Friday or Saturday.

 TREE WALK AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE
 
Sunday, September 23, 2012 
 
2:00 p.m.
 
LEADER: Ross Traverse
 
Meeting Place: Parking Lot of Government House.
 
Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the grounds of Government House with Ross
 
&
 
later in the evening, we will celebrate a fabulous wildflower season with a meal at- VELMA'S RESTAURANT
264 Water Street
 
start time: 6:00 p.m.
 
 
Velma's is an informal, inexpensive restaurant, specializing in NL cuisine. Velma will pull several tables together depending on our group size. So, I would greatly appreciate it if members could let me know if they plan to attend. 
E-mail- Carmel at abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com or call 722-0121









Preliminary Details of Summer Field Trip to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Field Trips - 2012
Bare-bones preliminary agendas, distilled from e-mails from Charles Cron and Carl Munden
 
[NOTE: Do not leave making reservations too long! It will be "high season" in Nova Scotia!]
 
Basic Dates:
 
MAIN Western Nova Scotia "Coastal Plain Flora" Trip - Leader: Charles Cron
 
Meet at Bridgewater, or nearby [details later], for supper on August 6.
 
August 7 - Ponhook, Molega, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI), to Bridgewater.
 
August 8 - Indian Fields, Roseway River, Pearl Lake, via routes 103 and 203 to Yarmouth
 
August 9-10 - Glenwood Provincial Park, Tusket River, Maple Island, Wilson's Lake (2 sites), Gilfillan Lake, Great Pubnico Lake, to Yarmouth (may be minor adjustments here)
 
August 11 - Barrington area, Swaine's Bog, Port La Tour, Baccaro, to Liverpool 
 
Finish, at Liverpool, on evening of August 11.
 
DRIVING DAY, to Cape Breton area, August 12 ... if doing the Cape Breton trip [optional stop (on own initiative) at Bernard Jackson's beautiful rock gardens at the N.S. Agricultural College in Bible Hill].
 
EXCELLENT BONUS Cape Breton Trip - Leader: Carl Munden
 
Meet at Tourism Bureau at the east end of the Canso Causeway, Cape Breton, early on August 13.
 
August 13 - west side of Lake Ainslie (stopping at Nova Scotia's only calcareous fen), Scotsville, Southwest Margaree, Margaree Forks, the Harbour/Belle Cote, Cheticamp, Grand Falaise, "Bog Exhibit", to Pleasant Bay [after supper, nearby Red River area and Buddhist Abbey]
 
August 14 - Grande Anse floodplain, Macintosh Brook, Lone Sheiling, Beulach Ban Falls, Meat Cove, to Bay St. Lawrence [or nearby]
 
August 15 - Cape North village, Dingwall Beach, Dingwall gypsum quarries, Effie's Brook to White Point, Neil's Harbour via back road, Jack Pine Trail, Cape Smokey Look-off, to North Sydney [or wherever]
 
Finish, near St. Ann's, afternoon of August 15.
 
Accommodations:
 
August 6-7 - Bridgewater area.
 
August 8-10 - Yarmouth area.
 
August 11 - Liverpool area.
 
August 12 - vicinity of Canso Causeway.
 
August 13 - Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton [
book online ASAP - note: the fairly large Mountainview Motel http://www.themountainview.com/ (specifically) doesn't actually open until May ... but, you CAN also leave a phone message, though you may not get an instant reply].  See also: Mid-trail Motel and Inn  http://www.midtrail.com/
 
August 14 - Bay St. Lawrence or vicinity [the motel (all efficiency units) at Bay St. Lawrence
http://www.burtonsoasismotel.ca/ has limited space - BOOK NOW to get a spot, otherwise book accommodation within easy driving distance] [NOTE: This establishment's "cancellation policy" (always check such things!), for people reserving NOW, because it is so early, is 30 days[!], but, if people re-confirm in early summer (ie. at least 30 days ahead of time), this number will come down to 2-3 days.]
 
August 15 - eastern Cape Breton
 
JOHN MAUNDER

The Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society has two field guides to the coastal plain plants on their website, one from 2005 and a newer one from 2011. There are links to these guides on the downloads page. If you are unsure about whether or not to go on this field trip, I encourage you to download these files to see what plants we might see.






Summer Field Trip 2011


This year’s field trip will explore the Terra Nova National Park and the Bonavista area from July 31-August 5.

You can download a copy of the agenda for this summer’s Field Trip on the Downloads page.





Information about the Summer Field Trip From John Maunder

This past week, driving back from [Limestone Barrens Species at Risk Recovery Team] meetings on the Port au Port Peninsula, I took some time to size up the "after the hurricane" state of affairs in Terra Nova National Park, and on the Bonavista Peninsula.

 
The GOOD NEWS is that there should be no problem going ahead with the Summer Field Trip, as scheduled! ... All of the roads, and most of the trails, are more-or-less navigable again, and there are LOTS of great plants left to look at.
 
The bad news is that the region really did get HAMMERED!
 
In Terra Nova National Park, the staff have really been working their tails off. Right after the hurricane, ALL of the Park trails were closed. Now, only a few remain impassible.
 
Unfortunately, one of the impassible trails is the SW Brook Trail, which I had considered to be a "star destinaton" for the Summer Trip ... What a mess ... ALL of the boardwalks and small bridges formerly traversing the brook and saltmarsh area are now scattered about well downstream from their original locations - being either beached along the shore or moored in shallow water ... In the wooded areas of the trail the trees look like elements of a gigantic "pick-up-sticks" game! I'm told that this trail will not likely be back in operation this year.
 
The Malady Head area is still being cleaned up, but the campground and trails will probably be opened soon ... however, it will be years before all of the flattened trees re-grow! The excellent Sandy Pond Trail should be back in action within a couple of weeks, although right now parts of it are still full of big boggy holes! The Platters Beach shore trail into the Park, beginning at Charlottetown, is still closed, and may not be re-opened for a while. Along Newman Sound, and in other steep or waterside terrain, there have been various washouts, slumps and landslides, but nothing TOO serious. Huge numbers of fallen trees are still being cleaned up.
 
However, all in all, the Park has recovered remarkably.
 
On the Bonavista Peninsula, the visible damage is MUCH more spectacular! 
 
Patched-up sections of highway are STILL not re-paved. Many river beds and roadside ditches or margins are either gouged out "down to bedrock", or filled in with great stretches of rock rubble. Trees are knocked down all over the place. At the Trinity highway junction, the downed trees along the river bank look to have been the victims of a bomb explosion ... such was the force of water exiting the large highway culvert just above! The whole center of Trouty [the place where the armed forces built an emergency bridge] has been rebuilt from scratch, using a whole lot of large boulders and gravel, along with a huge new highway culvert. It's all pretty amazing!
 
However, all in all, like at Terra Nova National Park, the Peninsula has recovered remarkably.
 
To this end, I am working hard on an updated, more detailed, field trip agenda. I will send it out within a week or two. 
 
Stay tuned.
 
JOHN




Outdoor Program 2011

CANCELLED: Note that the outing to the Hawke Hills has been cancelled because the Diapensia are not yet in flower.
It may be rescheduled at a later date.

MAY 23 (Monday): Hawke Hills: Diapensia, Loiseleuria
and Clubmosses Meeting time & place: Top of Hawke
Hills at 2 p.m. Helen Jones and Judith Blakeley are inviting
members to join then in a photography shoot. This
will not be a formal wildflower walk. The area will be
checked in advance to make certain Diapensia is in
bloom, so please watch your e-mail in case of cancellation.
Members might like to refer to Helen’ s article published
in Sarracenia 2008 (l6) 2, 18. Of course all members
are welcome, even those who don’t take pictures,
for it’s a great opportunity to look around and learn. Contact
Judith at
jblakeley@nl.rogers.com or Helen at helenjones@
nl.rogers.com
(437-6852).



JUNE 20 (Monday): Kent’s Pond: Lunchtime Wildflower
Walk around Kent’s Pond- Bill Titford Memorial Walk
Meeting time & place: Bottom of Dublin Road, off Higgins’s
Line at 12 noon SHARP! Luise Hermanutz will
be leading a fast-paced walk with the intent of travelling
around the entire pond in quick observation. As Luise
will be returning to work, members are encouraged to
continue botanizing and photographing. Contact Luise
at
lhermanu@mun.ca (864-7919).



June 26 (Sunday): Ocean Pond: Heather Saunders
has invited members to explore some of her favourite
wildflower spots at Ocean Pond. This is not a formal
wildflower walk. Heather hopes Lady’s Slipper will be in
bloom. Meeting time & place: Starting time 2 p.m.
(place to be determined). Contact Heather Saunders at
c.saunders@nl.rogers.com or 368-6935 (cell 685-1948).


The Orchid bog walk scheduled for for July 10 has been cancelled
July 10 (Sunday): Seal Cove Orchid Bog: White
fringed Orchid, Arethusa, Calopogon, Rose Pogonia.
Bladderwort, Sundew: Todd Boland is returning to see
changes in this quickly developing area. Meeting time &
place: 10 a.m. SHARP! Meet at the Foxtrap pole line
(the pole line that crosses the TCH just west of the
Foxtrap weigh scales). Contact Todd at
todd.boland@warp.nfld.net (753-6027).



July 17 (Sunday): Fern Walk in Conception Bay
South: Beautiful garden of Madeline Norris.
Meeting time & place: 6 p.m. 69 LeDrew’s Road, Kelligrews,
a 15 to 20 minute drive from town. Take the first
left past LeDrew’s Lumber on the CBS Highway with a
weeping birch on the corner of driveway. Madeline has
over 30 varieties of fern. (or use Google Map) Contact
Madeline at
madeline@nl.rogers.com (834-6700.)



July 31-August 6 Wildflower Excursion – Terra Nova
Park and Bonavista Area: Leader- John Maunder. (Itinerary
coming soon).



August 14 (Sunday): Mushroom Hunt along
Newfound Pond/Windsor Lake Area: Pat Hill and
Carmel Conway have discovered a variety of
mushrooms in this area and are eager to explore further.
Meeting time & place: 2 p.m. Park along Portugal Cove
Road on the Windsor Lake side, close to the intersection
of Airport Heights Drive . There is a section to pull off -
remnants of the old Portugal Cove Highway close to the
pumping station. Contact Carmel at
abcrhynd@nl.rogers.com (722-0121) or Pat at
pat200@hotmail.com (579-1289).



Mid-to- late August Mushroom Walk in Oliver’s Pond,
Portugal Cove: time & place to be determined. John
Bridson will be keeping a keen eye on the ‘bleeding’
mushroom, Hyndellum peckii, which is located in woods
in the Oliver’s Pond to Thorburn Road area (in addition
to other mushrooms). John won first place in the mushroom/
lichen/algae category of our Photography Competition
for his spectacular image of an oozing bleeding
mushroom (see p. 6). Contact John at
jbridson@mun.ca
(895-2425.)


Indoor Program Winter 2011



MAY WILDFLOWER SOCIETY MEETING

MUN Botanical Garden,
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
7:30 p.m.
 
Speaker:  Ross Traverse will  share with us images of his recent visit to Japan - "Flowers of Japan".
Ross's visit was just prior to the earthquake and tsunami.




APRIL WILDFLOWER SOCIETY MEETING

 
April 6th, 2011 (Wednesday night)
7:30 Mun Botanical Gardens
 
SPEAKER:   Bodil Larsen
 
"A Glimpse of the Alpine Flora of Yunnan, China"
 
followed by
 
 Winners of the Winter Photography Competition, as judged by Helen Jones, Ken Knowles,  &  Lydia Snellen. Presentation organized  by John Maunder






NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR WILDFLOWER SOCIETY MARCH MEETING

 
Wednesday,
March 2 - 7: 30 p.m.
 
MUN Botanical Garden
 
 
Speaker:   Todd Boland will show "Flora and Fauna of Cape Province, South Africa".



NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR WILDFLOWER SOCIETY February MEETING
February 2nd,
(Wednesday) 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Garden
 
 
Speaker GLEN RYAN, will be giving a talk on   "Native Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador". 
 
* due to time constraint, we ask members not to bring any trees or shrub samples.






Indoor Program Fall 2010


DECEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING
7:30 p.m December 1st, 2010
Mun Botanical Gardens
 
Nature photographer and wildflower member Lydia Snellen willl be presenting a slide show entitled "Three Seasons".
 
-i n t e r m i s s i o n-
At this time we will celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season and end of another very sucessful wildlfower year with some cheer.
We would kindly ask members to bring along a small treat to share (i.e. cookie, some cake, appetizer..) Wine, tea, and coffee will be served.
 
-followed by-
 
Member's End -of-the Season Photographs.
(Images compiled by John Maunder).




ATTENTION MEMBERS: CHANGE IN DATE OF OUR NEXT WILDFLOWER MEETING.


In celebration of l00 years of the Natural History Society and in conjunction with the Rooms, John Maunder will be giving a talk entitled "They are Shocking Fierce and Dangerous Entirely: a Natural History of the Newfoundland Wolf".

The talk begins at 7 pm November 3rd, at the Rooms.


As so many of our members are interested in attending John's talk, and so many Natural History members are interested in attending Helen and Judy's presentation, we have changed our meeting from November 3rd to Wednesday night, November 10th, 7:30 p.m.
MUN Botanical Garden



NOVEMBER WILDFLOWER MEETING

Wednesday night NOVEMBER 10th
7:30 pm MUN Botanical Garden

"Flora and Fauna of Trinidad and Tobago"


Helen Jones and Judith Blakeley will share images of a recent visit to Trinidad and Tobago
- a must see for the birders in our group-




October 6th, Wednesday night, 7:30 p.m.

MUN Botanical Garden


Mary and John Bridson will share with us their photos
Flowers of Basilicata, the "sole" of Italy.




Walks


Labour Day Downtown Walk. Monday 6th September 10 - 12 a.m.

Meet outside the old Museum (bottom of Cathedral Street) at 10.00 a.m
for a walk around the old streets to see if we can add to the 140+
species already found downtown, at least one of which is not known from
anywhere else in the Province. Leaders John Maunder and the Clases.




Wild Flower Society
Wednesday Evening Walk August 18
Postponed due to weather until August 25th, same time, same place.



Meet at 6.00 p.m. at the top end of the parking lot of the little strip that includes ICI Paints on Torbay Rd. This is the last group of businesses on the right hand side of Torbay Rd. just before the intersection with the Outer Ring Road as you leave town. (N.B. NOT The Paint Shop, this is on the other side of the road and a bit lower down.)

We will first have a look inside the Cloverleaf (may be wet, bring waterproof footwear), John has found some interesting plants there that may have fallen off passing cars. Then we will go on to the Old Airport to see what might have fallen off passing planes. Leader: John Maunder.

Howard Clase (Cell 727-6410 will be on on Wednesday evening)




Regatta Day Field Trip 2010. Wednesday August 4th
All day trip to Harricott and area.


Whenever Regatta day happens, and the forecast looks good for Aug 4th at present.

Meet by 09.30 a.m.at the commuters' parking area at the TCH/Salmonier Line intersection (This is on the south side of the intersection, if coming from St John's turn off the TCH at the intersection, turn left onto Salmonier Line, and cross over the overpass.)

Low tide is around 09.15 and high around 15.30, so the tide will just be coming up when we reach the shore. We'll start at the Harricott River estuary, move on to the lagoons in the community and then try the trail out to Tickle Point. This will be muddy (bring appropriate footware) and we may not make it out to the end, depending upon how much ATV damage there is to the trail. If we do it's about 3 km each way.

If we cannot make it all the way and there is time there are several other interesting sites in the general area.

There is not much in the way of eating establishments in the area so bring your own food.

We'll have our cell phone switched on in case anyone needs to find us: 727-6410 (Assuming there's coverage in the area.)

Botanical highlights: Many of our shore and salt-marsh plants. Checking to see if Potentilla simplex has recovered from the winter storm that re-arranged the estuary a couple of winters ago.

Howard & Leila

August 18, Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. Old airport and environs.

September, 1, Wednesday 6-8 p.m. Neil’s Pond Paradise.

September 12, Sunday, 10-12 a.m. Water and Duckworth Streets

September 25 or 26, Nagles Hill revisited for crowberries.

Wednesday May 19 6:00 PM Three Pond Barrens to see the purple crowberry and the “other” black one, the hermaphroditic crowberry. Place: the top end of Allandale Rd. Drive up across the TCH,
past the golf course entrance (not into it!) until the paving runs out. There will be some wet spots (not very deep), so bring suitable footwear.






Summer Field Trip

This year’s field trip will explore the Burin Peninsula from July 19-23.

You can download a copy of the agenda for the Burin Field Trip on the Downloads page.

John Maunder Sent a reminder that links to the Society’s previous website are still active and two of them are relevant to our trip this summer to the Burin.

The first link is to an article by Howard Clase
Botanising the Burin 1998. John says that in this article “Grouse Point” should be “Crouse Point” and that we will be returning there this summer.

The second link is to a second article by Howard chronicling the visit to
St. Pierre and Miquelon earlier on the same trip in 1998.