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Trip length: 3 miles; 1,100 ft elevation gain; 4 hours
Intensity Level: + 1 2 3 4 5 !
Where: Beacon, NY
When: May 8th, 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Check-in: 1:45pm.
Get up close and personal with spring ephemeral wildflowers. Have you ever noticed fuzzy flower petals? Or seen blood ooze from plant leaves? Yep. Flowers are awesome.
Answers to your burning ecological questions!
Spring hikes to high quality habitats offer limited-time opportunities to see plants and animals that we cannot see for the rest of the year. Want to know why and which ones to watch out for? Join us!
This is a relaxed, small group, educational hike with lots of opportunity for discussion. It is part of the Discover NY hike series.
We'll cover approximately 3 miles, and ascend (and descend) 1,100 ft on sometimes steep, often technical terrain. We will travel at a relaxed pace, making many stops along the way to highlight blooming spring ephemeral and other wildflowers. Now, spring ephemeral wildflowers are no ordinary backyard flowers—they're uncommon in the lower Hudson Valley's few remaining natural ares, and it's posible you've never seen them before in nature. We'll talk about what, where, and why as we walk along. Before heading down, we'll take a snack break on top of Fishkill ridge, overlooking stunning views of the Hudson River, and possibly the Shawangunks and Catskills, if it's a clear day.
Theme: Spring Wildflowers
- Close-up. We'll use hand lenses to see floral complexity not readily visible to the common passer-by
- Identification. How to recognize them by unique features
- Life history. Why they are so precious, threats to their survival, and why they're often hard to find.
- Role in forest ecosystems. How other plants, animals, and even microbes interact with them.
Kali Bird, a local naturalist, educator, and outdoor guide who lives for Spring.
What You Get
- The Inside Scoop on spring ephemeral wildflowers
- A scientist at hand to tell you what you're looking at, why it matters, and answer your questions
- Exclusive Access to an online ecology guide specific to your hike
- Freedom to look around without having to pay attention to where you are going
- Peace of mind hiking challenging trails with a licensed outdoor guide, trained in Wilderness First Aid
Terrain: Rocky w/ some technical areas and a few steep slopes. 3 miles, 1,100 ft of elevation gain and loss.
Stream Crossings: Two 'rock hops' and one 3-ft wide wooden bridge crossing
What to Wear
- Comfortable shoes w/ good grip on bottom. Waterproof preferred.
- Clothes you don't mind getting a little muddy
- Layers - t-shirt or tank, long-sleeved shirt, & sweater/ wool long-sleeved shirt
- Waterproof jacket if there's the tiniest chance of rain
- Hat for sun protection on top of the ridge
What to Bring
- Daypack or backpack
- 1.5 Liters of water
- Extra snacks
- Camera & or fully-charged cell phone
- Hiking poles
- Local topographic map & compass
- Notebook and pencil
By car: Parking information and detailed instructions will be sent by e-mail upon registration confirmation.
By train: Take Metro North Railroad's Hudson Line to the Beacon station. The trailhead is a 5-minute cab ride from the train station. Detailed instructions will be sent by e-mail upon registration confirmation.