Bamboo Brook

I found a new place to visit in Morris County, New Jersey: Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center / Gardens | Morris County Parks (morrisparks.net). It is about an hour’s drive from New York.

“Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, located on 687 acres, was once known as Merchiston Farm and was the home of William and Martha Brookes Hutcheson from 1911 to 1959. Bamboo Brook’s original 100 acres was donated by the daughter of Mrs. Hutcheson. Ms. Hutcheson one of America’s first women landscape architects attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning, along with other famous women garden designers of that time, including Marion Coffin and Beatrix Farrand. …” 

Sandy Hook

We went on a botanical walk during the annual Littoral​ Society (littoralsociety.org) picnic at Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

I learned how a little window on the seed pod opens on the Clasping Venus’ Looking-glass (Triodanis perfoliata) and the seeds tumble out.

Ward Pound Ridge

Second post for June 4 trip covering other flora and fauna.

Pine Barrens Fauna

In addition to butterflies we saw other insects and amphibians. I was pleased to be able to identify the Red Velvet and Ant which is actually in the wasp family.

Jamaica Bay

We had a brief but rewarding trip out to Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, New York on the 15th of August. I added a few new odonates to my life list. I learned the word odonates from my fellow Linnaean NY members. September starts the new Zoom meetings and they are free. You may attend one from anywhere or view a recording of one if the timing isn’t right linnaeannewyork.org. The first one on September 14 will be about Bats.

Chandler and Calverton LI

Yesterday we went to the Chandler Preserve in Mt Sinai, Long Island, New York with the Linnaean Society of NY. After the main field trip was over a few of us went to a field by the Chandler VOR-DME nearby.

Ward Pound Ridge Insects

Our second trip to Ward Pound Ridge was with The Linnaean Society of NY. It was a good trip and even though it was not ide3al weather, cloudy and cool, we saw a number of butterflies. On here – one there. Marc spotted the Checkerspot. The clumsy landing in the series of the black flying soldier beetle amused me. The last photo is by Marc.

This is one of two posts of the Butterfly Field Trip led by Richard Cech on June 12, 2021.

Ward Pound Ridge Insects

We went to Ward Pound Ridge in Westchester County, New York last weekend during a heatwave. Most critters were hiding away form the heat.