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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Wednesday Wildflower Walk with Ann Walter-Fromson, Richardson-Taylor Preserve

(9:30 a.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Packera aurea, Golden Groundsel, by Ann Walter-Fromson)

Let’s celebrate spring by searching for early spring wildflowers! Join naturalist Ann Walter-Fromson for Wednesday morning wildflower walks in March and April. We will visit several watershed trails and area parks and preserves to observe nature’s beautiful show of ephemeral spring wildflowers. These walks are co-sponsored with T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society. For this walk at Richardson-Taylor Preserve, we will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

(Ann Walter-Fromson botanizing)

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of the Wednesday wildflower walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

We will meet for each trip at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot next to Friendly Ave. at the sign in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. Those who wish may carpool to our field trip site. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact the trip leader at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center.

Ann is a wonderful naturalist who has been using her retirement to learn even more about the natural world. These hikes were tremendously popular last year and we hope you will be able to enjoy the wonderful surprises of spring with her this year.

The dates and descriptions for these wildflower walks are:

(1) March 15 - Northeast Park: We start on the Buffalo Creek Trail in search of Trout Lily and Spring Beauty, return to the Low Water Crossing area, then head a short way along the Reedy Overlook Trail to look for wildflowers in the bottomland forest. About 3 miles of walking; Buffalo Creek Trail is moderately hilly.

No walk on March 22.

(2) March 29 - Townsend Trail: We begin at the Yanceyville Street trailhead and walk about a mile east, looking for Bloodroot and Hepatica. About 2.5 miles of walking; the trail is moderately hilly.

(3) April 5 - Richardson-Taylor Preserve: We will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

(4) April 12 - Marie Poteat’s Farm: With Marie as our guide, we will walk trails on this 75-acre farm that is being restored with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.

(5) April 19 - Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.

(6) April 26 - Knight Brown Preserve: We begin on the Beechwood Bottom Trail and continue on the Creekside Loop trail to see which wildflowers are in bloom at this pristine site owned by Piedmont Land Conservancy. About 2 miles of walking, some of it hilly.

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