Field Trips

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Native Plant Society of Texas- Houston Chapter Has Three Field Trips in Spring 2018

Three NPSOT-H field trips are scheduled on Sundays for Spring 2018. We will meet at the properties given below at 9:00 AM.  GPS coordinates are given for each property so that directions can be found on Google Maps using these coordinates.  A reminder will be sent out the Monday before each of the three events.

Please wear appropriate footwear for walking through wet or dry fields, bring drinking water, bug spray, and a lunch if you like.  Please contact Paul Roling for any additional inquiries: PRoling@att.net or 281-353-7413.

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Sunday, March 18: Herbarium at Mercer Botanical Center

The herbarium for Mercer Botanical Center is located at 22540 Aldine-Westfield Road on the north side of Cypress Creek across from the Mercer Botanical Gardens.   This building is the old Harris County Commissioner building at GPS coordinates 30.041675, -95.382186.

Anita Tiller and Suzzanne Chapman will host this “field trip.”   They will show us around the building and will explain the functioning of the herbarium, library, labs, seed bank, and living collections management and interpretation.   The herbarium housed here is the combination of the Mercer herbarium of about 5,000 specimens and the Spring Branch herbarium of about 47,000 specimens that Dr. Larry Brown maintained for many years.

More information can be found here.

We will meet at the parking lot of the herbarium for Mercer Botanical Center (GPS coordinates 30.041675, -95.382186) at 9 AM.

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Sunday, April 8: Carter Park

Carter Park at 7221 Treaschwig Road Spring, Texas is a 115-acre mostly wooded area along the Spring Creek Greenway. The main objective of this field trip is a visit to the bog at GPS coordinates 30.046870, -95.320008.  Around the edges and in the bog are Styrax americanus, Utricularia gibba, Isoetes melanopoda, Juncus repens, Carex verrucosa, Rhynchospora corniculata, and Myriophyllum pinnatum to name a few of the unusual plants.

The soil of the bog is a Gessner fine sandy loam with an acidic pH of about 5.  On my visit there in late January, the pH of the water was 5.0 and the electrical conductivity was 27, indicating a very low amount of soluble salts.

Information about the park and a map can be found here and here.

We will meet in the parking lot next to the archery range (at GPS coordinates 30.052677,  -95.326341) at 9 AM. The walk from the parking lot to the bog is about one mile each way.  Be sure to wear footwear that can get wet because there is between 1-6 inches of water in the bog.  It is possible to walk around the edge of the bog, but that entails walking through heavy shrubbery in soft, damp soil.

Beware, there is construction on Treaschwig Road at Cypresswood Drive.

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Sunday, April 22: Rio Villa Nature Trail

The Rio Villa Nature Trail  at Wallisville Rd & Rio Villa Drive (GPS coordinates 29.827133, -95.074356) is part of a 215-acre park in a bend in the San Jacinto River. Along the one mile paved/gravel nature trail through the swamp were Cardamine bulbosa, Cardamine parviflora, Cardamine pensylvanica, Sabal minor, Samolus valerandi, Exidia recisa, Schizophyllum commune, Ricciocarpus natans to name a few seen on February 18th.

The flood plain for most of the property is a Hatliff-Pluck-Kian complex sandy loam that has a very acidic pH of about 4.5.

More information and a map can be found here and here.

We will meet at the parking lot (GPS coordinates 29.827133, -95.074356) at 9 AM.

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Additional Field Trips

In addition to the above three main field trips, I will be visiting the following three parks mainly to expand previous plant lists for these parks.  The list below will be the only reminder for these field trips.  You are welcome to join me at any of these.

Sunday, March 4, 9 AM in MUD 257 Park (in the small parking lot at GPS coordinates 29.874097, -95.657894).   This new 30.5-acre park had many flowers blooming in early February, but most of these are introduced plants.  So, if you are interested in learning about these introduced plants come see this park.  The soil is a Clodine fine sandy loam with pH near 7.

For more information and a map see here and here.

Sunday March 11, at 9 AM in Kickerillo-Mischer Park (at the loop of the last parking lot near the restrooms, at GPS coordinates 29.988021,  -95.563616).  Remember daylight savings time.

Sunday March 25, at 9 AM in Spring Creek Park (in the very back parking area that forms a loop near Spring Creek at GPS coordinates 30.109918, -95.652774).

Sunday April 15, at 9 AM in Kickerillo-Mischer Park (at the loop of the last parking lot near the restrooms, at GPS coordinates 29.988021,  -95.563616).

Sunday April 29, at 9 AM in Spring Creek Park (in the very back parking area that forms a loop near Spring Creek at GPS coordinates 30.109918, -95.652774).

Notes

1.  Soil data can be accessed from http://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/soilweb/

2.  GPS coordinates can be copied, as is, from above and entered into the Google Earth or Google Maps or the soil web page “search” box to find the places mentioned.

3.  If anyone wants to be added to the NPSOT field trip e-mail list, send an e-mail to PRoling@att.net requesting to be added to the list.  E-mail reminders are sent out about a week before each trip.

4.  If you want to be removed from the list, email me at PRoling@att.net requesting to be removed.