Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mother's Day Bluebells Plein Air



Sunday, May 8, 2016 between 1:00 and 3:00 PM
PLEIN AIR BLUEBELLS FOR MOTHER’S DAY!
Mertensia Park, Farmington
 Anyone who has ever had a mother is welcome to join us for second annual PLEIN AIR BLUEBELLS event at Mertensia Park.  We will provide the paper, paints, pallets, and brushes to capture your artistic view of the mertansia (bluebells) and other spring wildflowers along Mud Creek.       *** Please bring along an easel if you have one and something to sit on if you wish. ***

Directions: Drive north on Route 332 and take a left onto County Road 41 (Speedway station).  Drive west on CR 41 about 1 mile and take a right turn on Mertensia Road.  Turn left down into Mertensia Park.  The bluebells are behind the tennis courts.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

GANNETT HILL SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
10:00 AM  ONTARIO COUNTY PARK
Sandra Bierbrauer will lead us through the woods at Gannett Hill (Ontario County Park) to enjoy the spring wildflowers. We can use this opportunity to test our knowledge that Bruce Gilman taught us about using the Newcomb's Wildflower Guide!  Meet at the parking area nearest the Lookout / Jump-off trail.

A carpool will leave the Sly Street parking lot behind the County Court House in Canandaigua at 9:20 AM.

http://www.cnyhiking.com/OntarioCountyPark.htm

Our 142nd Year - Program of Events



2015-2016 
Canandaigua Botanical Society 
Events
       Events are on Saturdays at 10 AM unless otherwise noted.
      April 30:          Spring Wildflowers at Gannett Hill

      Sunday, May 8: Plein Air ~ Bluebells for Mother’s Day

      June 4:              Ontario Pathways – National Trails Day

      June 18:            Tree Pruning workshop

      July 16:             Worm Power tour

      August 6:          Bentley Woods Walk

      October 1:        Lagoon Park Walk

      November 12:   Native Plant Arranging

      March 25, 2017: Sonnenberg Gardens History Tour

      Friday, April 28, 2017:  Canandaigua City Arbor Day

      Friday, April 28, 2017:  Potluck and Presentation

** artwork by Howard Freese

Friday, April 1, 2016

APRIL EVENTS:

Annual Potluck Dinner and Botany 101 Presentation



Friday, April 22, 2016  6:00 PM
ANNUAL POTLUCK DINNER AND BOTANY 101
Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N Main St.
Meet at Saint John’s Episcopal Church,
183 North Main Street, Canandaigua 
(enter through St. John’s Court off Howell Street).   
Bring a dish to pass and place setting for yourself and any friends you invite along.  Dinner begins at 6 pm. 
At 7 pm Bruce Gilman will teach us the basics of botany that we may be better prepared to identify species.
Bring cash or check to pay your annual dues and receive the 2016-17 Canandaigua Botanical Society program. ($7 individual / $10 family)


Arbor Day 2016 
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM

The Tree City USA Arbor Day tree planting will occur at Lakefront Park at the north end of Canandaigua Lake on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM.  Parking is available off Lakeshore Drive adjacent to the Lakefront Park between Carousel Lane and the hotel construction site. The Canandaigua City Arborist will talk about the proper planting of trees.  TREE CITY USA and National Arbor Day SWAG will be available!
 
 
 BIRDING 101 

Thursday, April 07, 2016  -  7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Our friends at the Eaton Birding Society are presenting an introductory lecture on birding. Get recommendations for useful books and apps and learn the basics about birds and migration, bird feeding, and equipment and organization. Discover why birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. Registration requested: please contact Wood Library (woodlibrary.org / 585.3941391). 
Wood Library - Mary Parmele Hamlin Meeting Room Sides A & B



Saturday, March 26, 2016

Skunk Cabbage Blooming now!

Symplocarpus foetidus, commonly known as skunk cabbage or eastern skunk cabbage (also swamp cabbage, clumpfoot cabbage, or meadow cabbage, foetid pothos or polecat weed), is a low growing, foul-smelling plant that grows in wetlands of eastern North America.  It is now blooming at the FLCC trail to the west of CMAC.  Most blooms can be seen along the boardwalk through the woods.

Annual Potluck Dinner and Botany 101 Presentation



Friday, April 22, 2016  6:00 PM
ANNUAL POTLUCK DINNER AND BOTANY 101
Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N Main St.

Meet at Saint John’s Episcopal Church,
183 North Main Street, Canandaigua 
(enter through St. John’s Court off Howell Street).   
Bring a dish to pass and place setting for yourself and any friends you invite along.  Dinner begins at 6 pm. 
At 7 pm Bruce Gilman will teach us the basics of botany that we may be better prepared to identify species.
Bring cash or check to pay your annual dues and receive the 2016-17 Canandaigua Botanical Society program. ($7 individual / $10 family)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

FUNGI with a FUN GUY


Saturday, March 19, 2016  10:00 AM
FUNGI WITH FUN GUY CARL WOLF
INDOOR MEETING - FLCC Room C220
 Carl Wolf of the Rochester Area Mycological Association (RAMA) is back to tell us about mushrooms. Carl led our fungi walk through Onanda Parkin September 2014 and will talk to us about mushrooms as wild edibles, photographic subjects, and objects of curiosity and study.
Carl shared an plethora of information with the nearly two dozen in attendance on March 19th.  
Carl is one of the founding members of the Rochester Area Mycological Association which was formed 30 years ago.  He showed an excellent DVD called The Good, The Bad, and The Deadly by Taylor Lockwood. 
Highlights of the ten pages of notes I took include:
** nutritional values and medicinal qualities of mushrooms
** mycologicals are closer to insects than plants
** there are numerous myths about mushrooms
** Particularly susceptible to mushroom poisoning are: young children, elderly, pets, immigrants, and overdoses
** Monomethylhydrazine (MMH) is a substance used as a propellant for rockets. It is produced when gyromitrin (present in some species of poisonous wild mushrooms) is gently heated.
** RAMA folks are familiar with Little Brown Mushrooms 
** Mushrooms can be identified by color, size, fruiting season, and spores (gills, pores, teeth, and others)
** Poisonous mushrooms can impostor safe mushrooms
** some mushrooms have skirts or rings around their stems
 ** Mushrooms are fruits to a network of mycelium like apples to a tree
** The largest known living organism is the Armillaria ostoyae covering over 2200 acres of Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon.
** Mushrooms often cause "fairy rings" as they spread out from a central point in all directions
** Cooking mushrooms helps to break down trace soil, release nutrients, and help digestion
** Mushrooms are the decomposers of the world
** Mycorrhizal relationships exist between mushrooms and certain trees
** Henn of the woods has a parasitic effect on trees
  ** Old growth forests are ideal places to find mushrooms
** Mushroom cultivators should check out www.smugtownmushrooms.com
** We will likely find mushrooms during our walk through Bentley Woods in August
To finish our morning we enjoyed this baked variety of Turkish meltaways:

 Directions to FLCC C220:  The easiest way to locate room C220 will be to park in the southeast corner of the main parking lot "A" of FLCC.  Walk along Laker Lane on the sidewalk to the east side of the Student Center.  Enter the building at the SECOND (southeast) entrance (building 8) just past the loading dock "C".  Look for signs at the southeast corner of the parking lot and near the blue light to turn to enter the building.