Date - September 12, 2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Charles Dr, Dennison Twp, PA 18707
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POSTPONED: Explore Nescopeck State Park with the DVOC and the Philadelphia Botanical Club

UPDATE: NEW DATE DUE TO COVID-19 (different assortment of species expected from those in description)

This is a joint trip with 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 birds and plants.

Birds: Many of Philadelphia’s migrants breed here in good numbers, including hermit thrush, alder and least flycatcher, blue-headed vireo, rose-breasted grosbeak, and purple finch; as well as magnolia, chestnut-sided, blackburnian, hooded, worm-eating, black-throated green and Canada warblers. We may even catch some straggling migrants on their way further north. Barred owls are a good possibility, and we have encountered ruffed grouse along the aptly-named Grouse Trail, as well as other spots. (We will also hold out hope for a hog-nosed snake.

Plants: We’ve timed this trip to make a convenient stop on the way to Ontario for those driving to the botanical Joint Field Meeting. This is a good place to see plants of northern woods, such as Trillium undulatum (painted trillium), Rubus dalibarda (syn. Dalibarda repens; dewdrop), Gymnocarpium dryopteris (oak fern), and long beech fern (Phegopteris connectilis). We will see a large and thriving population of Lygodium palmatum (climbing fern). Other plants we might see include Amianthium muscitoxicum (fly poison), Liparis liliifolia (large twayblade), Polygala paucifolia (gay wings), Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower), Waldsteinia fragarioides (barren strawberry), Lonicera hirsuta (hairy honeysuckle), Viburnum lantanoides (hobblebush), Castanea dentata (American chestnut), and a nice assortment of clubmosses.

Practicalities: Our walk is potentially an easy 6 miles or so, with pacing and distance dependent on what we find. There are options to shorten this walk, as well as to stop and explore two other park sections afterwards if there’s time/interest. A map of Nescopeck is available at Meeting place will be provided after registration.

Bring water, bug spray, and lunch. For virus safety, the number of participants is limited to 18. Pre-registration is required; contact Anne at

Our walk is an easy six miles or so, with options to shorten, as well as to stop and explore two other park sections afterwards if there’s time/interest.

Trip Leader: Anne Bekker & Janet Novak

Free to all members and non-members

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