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Conference Field Trips

Field trips are ticketed events, for which advanced registration is required by April 8. Field trips are conference events, and as such, participation in them is limited to those registered for the conference. Except if otherwise noted, transportation from the convention center to the field trip destination will be via carpooling. Prior to the conference, we will forward the names and email addresses of all those who sign up for a field trip to the field trip organizer, who will contact each participant in advance to set up a time for a brief meeting to provide directions and work out the details of who will be driving. If you signed up for a field trip and if you have not heard from the field trip leader by April 10, we advise you to contact him/her (email listed in info given below) to confirm your attendance and the logistical details. Also, if you had registered for a field trip, but then realize you will not be able to attend, please promptly notifiy the field trip leader so that they know who to expect and can offer your spot to someone else in the event the field trip has filled up and there is a waiting list.

Field Trip 1: Early Season Grasses, Sedges, and Herbs

Date and time: Friday 12 April, 1–4 pm

Location:  Meet at Trailhead for Frost Trail at Mt. Toby on the north side of Bull Hill Road, a quarter mile west of Route 63 in Sunderland, MA.

Instructors: Brett Engstrom, Northern Forest Atlas Foundation.

Description: This field trip will explore the southern part of Mt Toby with an eye on the grasses, sedges, and herbaceous plants present. The south part of Toby is fertile, south-facing, rocky hill, very pretty, with an interesting flora. The trips will go a mile or so, easy rolling country.

Limit of 6 participants.

No fee.

For more information: contact Brett Engstrom at engstrombrett@gmail.com.

 

Field Trip 2: Mosses

Date and time: Friday 12 April, 1–4 pm

Location:  Meet at Trailhead for Frost Trail at Mt. Toby on the north side of Bull Hill Road, a quarter mile west of Route 63 in Sunderland, MA.

Instructors: Sue Williams, Northern Forest Atlas Foundation.

Description: This field trip will explore the southern part of Mt Toby with a focus on examining the mosses present. The south part of Toby is fertile, south-facing, rocky hill, very pretty, with an interesting flora. The trips will go a mile or so, easy rolling country.

Limit of 6 participants.

No fee.

For more information: contact Sue Williams c/o Jerry Jenkins at jcjenkins@hughes.net.

 

Field Trip 3: An Introduction to Wetland Evaluation and Restoration

Date and time: Friday 12 April, 1 pm to approx. 5:30 pm

Location:  Meet at Lobby of the Springfield Sheraton and carpool to the sites.

Instructors: Scott Smyers, Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists.

Description: We will review standard methods to conduct wetland evaluations from pre-site visit GIS review, applicable wetland regulations, and completing standardized data forms and documenting soil profiles. We will also visit a wetland restoration site and learn about the regulatory history, construction methods, and details about monitoring methods and results.

Limit of 12 participants.

No fee.

For more information: contact Scott Smyers at smyers@oxbowassociates.com.

 

Field Trip 4: Geology and Paleontology of the Triassic/Jurassic Rift Valley Sequence of the Connecticut River Valley

Date and time: Friday 12 April, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location:  Meet at Lobby of the Springfield Sheraton and carpool to the sites.

Instructors: Frederick Rogers, Mark Leckie, and Alfred Venne

Description: We will visit a number of field localities illustrating the geological and paleontological history of the Triassic/Jurassic rocks of the Connecticut River Valley, as well as visit the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College.

Limit of 18 participants.

No fee (but participants should bring $10 for lunch at Amherst College).

For more information: contact Frederick Rogers at ROGERSFS@franklinpierce.edu.

Field Trip 5: Community and Ecosystem Ecology of Robinson State Park

Date and time: Friday 12 April, 12:30–5:30 pm

Location:  Meet at Lobby of the Springfield Sheraton and carpool to the sites.

Instructors: Christian Liriano, Independent field ecologist/student.

Description: We will discuss principles of community and ecosystem ecology hands-on. I will introduce old and new ideas from these fields, while we examine the different components that make up the park(e.g, fungi, deadwood, plants, streams).

Limit of 10 participants.

No fee.

For more information: contact Christian Liriano at cliriano1018@gmail.com.

 

2019 NENHC field trips will be listed here as they are confirmed.

 

 

 

 

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