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Mushroom Walk

Many plant-focused people are not aware of the important roles that fungi, including mushrooms, play in the lives of plants. There would be no land plants were it not for the fungi that nourish them! Marion Kyde, Ph.D., will cover a few of the amazing things that you probably don’t know about fungi, along with photos of the colorful and unusual macrofungi in our woods and fields. Much of the information will be about new research which is telling even mycologists what they don't know about fungi. For ages 15 and up. Marion M. Kyde, Ph.D., lives in Tinicum Township in the middle of a woods full of magical (not magic) mushrooms. She has lectured locally on mushrooms for 20 years and writes for the Tinicum Conservancy Newsletter and the Bucks County Herald on environmental and local issues. An award-winning and pioneering conservationist, Marion received her bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degrees from Rutgers University and currently serves as the vice chair on the Tinicum Township Land Preservation Committee. »

Tales from a Naturalist’s Diary with Pete Bacinski

Join us for a program that is complete with all those natural history facts and questions you never thought to ask.  Filled with images of Mother Nature’s oddities, naturalist Pete Bacinski’s presentation will touch on birds, wildflowers, ferns, mammals, and reptiles and amphibians, as well as many unusual natural history events. Naturalist Diary is designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. For ages 10 and up. »
Learn About Lichens | Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

Learn About Lichens

Are they plants? Are they fungi? No, they’re both! Lichens are everywhere you look, and they are as fascinating as they are ubiquitous. Join lichenologist Dennis Waters to learn about these remarkable botanical partnerships—how they work and how they have grown to be so dependent on each other. Following a short talk, we will take an excursion into the Preserve to find lichens growing on trees, on rocks and on the ground. You will learn about their lifestyles, their habitats and their important contributions to ecosystems. And you’ll have plenty of chances to try your hand at figuring out which lichen you’re looking at. Please bring a 7-10x hand lens if you have one. A limited number will be available to borrow. For ages 15 and up. Dennis Waters has been a lichenologist for 10 years. He is currently completing the first lichenological survey of Mercer County, N.J., in collaboration with the New York Botanical Garden, the Mercer County Park Commission and the D&R Greenway Land Trust. In recent years, he has participated in lichen surveys in Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, the Dare Regional Biodiversity Hotspot in North Carolina, the Straits Counties of Michigan, and the Talladega National Forest in Alabama. Advance registration required by Nov. 16. »


  Are you interested in improving your plant ID skills? Are you looking for an opportunity to explore the Preserve, off-trail, and discover some of its hidden treasures? If you answered yes to these questions, please join the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve community as we launch our third in a series of three phytoblitzes, to be held Sunday, May 6, 2018. During the phytoblitz, teams of participants survey a particular area of the Preserve to see how many species of plants are present in that section. This important information will assist us in updating our plant database records as we determine how the Preserve has changed over time and will help us to plan for future stewardship efforts. All levels of plant enthusiasts are encouraged to participate—especially plant experts, such as botanists, ecologists, and others in the scientific community, as well as naturalists, gardeners, tradespersons and anyone looking to increase their knowledge of native plants. Be a part of a team crisscrossing the wilds of the Preserve, sharing ID tips, field guides and plant lore. About Our Phytoblitz Our first phytoblitz of the series was held on Sunday, June 25, 2017. 10 teams visited various sections of the Preserve 25 volunteers participated, in addition to staff 331 unique species of plants were identified 4 teams were each able to identify over 100 species of plants Click here to learn more about a bioblitz. »
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