Alvar habitats of Jefferson County

When

Saturday, July 25, 2015 (All day)

What

Walk

Where

Jefferson County

Who

Renee Petipas, Bruce Gilman

Description

  Renee Petipas and Bruce Gilman will be our guides to these unique alvar sites. This will be an all day excursion. Meet a 8 am at CCE to carpool. Bring lunch and dress for warm, sunny conditions. 

Report

What a day! Great weather, cool, only a bit of rain. We spent most of the time at Chaumont Barrens, but took a short trip to Ransome Rd where Renee is doing some of her research.  A list of plants we noted is below. In addition to the plants, we saw:

Northern brown snake (dead, though, looked like a bird had caught it)
Luna moth (also dead), lots of skippers, giant swallowtail
Rufus sided tohee, redtail hawk, goldfinch, (lots more)

Plant species noted at alvars

Botanical name

 Common name

Achillea millefollium

yarrow

Agrimonia sp.

agrimony (A. gryposepala or other?)

Anemone americana (Hepatica)

round-lobed hepatica

Anemone cylindrica

candle anemone, long-headed anemone

Antennaria neglecta

pussytoes

Aquilegia canadensis

wild columbine

Aralia nudicaulis

sarsaparilla

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

bearberry

Asarum canadense

wild ginger

Asclepias syriaca

common milkweed

Berteroa incana

hoary alyssum

Botrychium virginianum

rattlesnake fern

Campanula rotundifolia

harebell

Carex platyphylla

broadleaf sedge

Carya ovata

shagbark hickory

Centaurea stoebe L. ssp. micranthos

spotted knapweed

Cladonia rangiferina

reindeer lichen

Clinopodium vulgare

wild basil

Comandra umbellata

bastard toadflax

Cornus racemosa

gray dogwood

Cynanchum sp

swallowwort

Danthonia spicata

poverty grass

Daucus carota

Queen Anne's lace

Deschampsia caespitosa

tufted hairgrass

Dryopteris marginalis

marginal woodfern

Eleocharis compressa

flat stemmed spikerush

Epipactus helleborine

eastern helleborine

Eurybia macrophylla

large leaf aster

Fragaria virginiana

wild strawberry

Geum triflorum

prairie smoke

Hieracium aurantiacum

orange hawkweed

Houstonia longifolia

longleaf summer bluet

Hypericum perfoliatum

common St. Johnswort

Juncus dudleyi

 Dudley's rush

Juncus tenuis

 path rush

Juniperus communis

common juniper

Juniperus virginiana

eastern red cedar

Lactuca canadensis

Canada lettuce

Lilium philadelphicum

wood lily

Lonicera dioica

limber honeysuckle

Lotus corniculata

bird's foot trefoil

Maianthemum canadense

Canada mayflower

Maianthemum racemosum

false Solomon's seal

Maianthemum stellatum

starry false Solomon's seal

Medicago lupulina

black medic

Melilotus alba

white sweet clover

Minuartia michauxii (Arenaria stricta)

Michaux's stitchwort

Monarda fistulosa

wild bergamot

Oligoneuron album

prairie goldenrod

Osmorhiza sp

sweet cicily

Packera paupercula

balsam ragwort

Pedicularis canadensis

wood betony

Penstemon hirsutus

hairy beardtongue

Pinus strobus

white pine

Polygonatum pubescens

downy Solomon's seal

Polymnia canadensis

whiteflower leafcup

Polypodium virginianaum

rock polypody

Potentilla arguta

tall cinquefoil

Quercus alba

white oak

Rhus aromatica

fragrant sumac

Ribes cynosbati

prickly gooseberry

Rosa blanda

smooth rose, meadow rose

Rubus spp.

 blackberry, raspberry

Rudbeckia sp

black-eyed susan

Sanguinaria canadensis

bloodroot

Sanicula sp.

sanicle

Sedum acre

goldmoss stonecrop

Sisyrinchium montanum

strict blue-eyed grass

Solidago juncea

early goldenrod

Spiranthes lacera

ladies tresses, probably var  lacera

Sporobolis heterolepis

prairie dropseed

Thalictrum dioicum

early meadow rue

Thuja occidentalis

northern white cedar

Tragopogon pratensis

goatsbeard

Treosteum perfoliatum

horse gentian, tinker's weed

Trichostema brachiatum

false pennyroyal

Uvularia perfoliata

perfoliate bellwort

Vaccinium sp.

blueberry, low

Verbascum thapsus

common mullien

Viburnum rafinesquianum

downy arrowwood

Waldsteinia fragarioides

barren strawberry