Explore Nescopeck State Park with the DVOC and the Philadelphia Botanical Club
UPDATE 2: The DVOC slots for the September 12 field trip to Nescopeck State Park have been filled. Contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be put on a waiting list.
UPDATE: NEW DATE DUE TO COVID-19
September 12, 2020 (previously June 08, 2020) @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Explore Nescopeck State Park with the DVOC and the Philadelphia Botanical Club
Nescopeck is a large state park with swathes of white pine and hemlock bordering Nescopeck Creek, some natural ponds and wetlands as well as a man-made lake, and sections of oak-hickory forest. It has excellent diversity of both plants and birds.
Birds: Many of Philadelphia’s migrants breed here, and Nescopeck is a migration hotspot in fall as well as spring. We may see both cuckoos, four species of thrush, good numbers of Canada, blackburnian, hooded, black-throated green, worm-eating and other warblers, and more. In mid-September, this is a surprisingly reliable spot for olive-sided flycatchers and Philadelphia vireos. We have encountered ruffed grouse in several parts of the park. If time permits we may explore the old fields at the west end of the park for bobolink and other grassland species. (We will also hold out hope for a hog-nosed snake.)
Plants: This is a good place to see plants of northern woods, such as Gymnocarpium dryopteris (oak fern), long beech fern (Phegopteris connectilis), Trillium undulatum (painted trillium), Rubus dalibarda (syn. Dalibarda repens; dewdrop), and perhaps Viburnum lantanoides (hobblebush). We will see a large and thriving population of Lygodium palmatum (climbing fern). Other plants we expect to see include Amianthium muscitoxicum (fly poison), Waldsteinia fragarioides (barren strawberry), Lonicera hirsuta (hairy honeysuckle), Castanea dentata (American chestnut), and a nice assortment of clubmosses.
For COVID safety, we ask that participants follow CDC guidelines: wear a mask and maintain appropriate “social distance” of six feet or more. Please note that neither the DVOC nor its field trip leaders are responsible for injuries sustained on one of our trips. For virus safety, the number of participants will have to be limited, in which case it will be first come, first served among those who register.
Our walk is potentially an easy 6 miles or so, with pacing and distance dependent on what we find. The terrain we will be covering is fairly gentle, but in spots the trail is rocky and may be wet. Choose appropriate footwear. There is also a good possibility that we will encounter ticks. Please come prepared with your favorite repellent. There are options to shorten this walk, as well as to stop and explore two other park sections afterwards if there’s time and interest. You can download a Nescopeck map. Bring water and lunch. Pre-registration is required; contact Anne at the email below.
Directions: will be provided upon registration (contact Anne at the email below)