N A TIVE NOTES

 

Trifolium   virginicum

K A TE’S   MOUNT A IN   CLOVER

BILL   GR A FTON     Editor

WEST   VIRGINI N A TIVE   PL A NT   SOCIETY   NEWSLETTER

Volume  16: 1   A PRIL , 2008

SUMM A RY   OF   BO A RD   MEETING J A N . 2008  IN   CH A RLESTON

·   Membership   dues   are   slow   coming   in   this   year

·   We   will   send   out  3  issues   of   Native   Notes   during  2008

·   Membership   recruitment   brochures   are   low   and   need   reprinted

·   Sales   of   T - shirts   have   broken   even   financially .   We   still   have   some   for   sale .   Contact   Chad   Kirschbaum   if   you   want   to   buy   T -     shirts

·   We   will   sponsor   the   illustration   of   Kate’s   Mountain   Clover   in   the   Flora   of   North   America   series   that   are   being   published .       WVNPS   will   have   the   right   to   use   this   illustration   for   official   Society   business .

·   Our   display   and   membership   brochures   will   be   on   exhibit   at   the   Wildlife   Diversity   Day   at   the   WV   Capitol ,  the   WV   Master       Gardener   Meeting   in   Charleston   and   the   Blackwater   Falls   Wildflower   Pilgrimage   on   Mother’s   Day   weekend .

·   We   will   write   a   letter   of   support   for   the   DNR   Natural   Heritage   Program

·   The   next   Board   of   Trustees   Meeting   will   be   on   June  14 th   NOON   TO  4  PM   during   the   Lake   Floyd   bio - blitz   located   between   Clarksburg   and   Salem

Treasurer’s   Report   as   of   February  9, 2008  By   Donna   Ford - Werntz

Checking   Balance   on   September  2007  was   $2613

Checking   Balance   on   Feb . 9, 2008  was  $4638 

·   This   includes  $1770  transferred   from   City   National   Bank

    Peoples   Bank   CDs   have   been   moved   to   United   Bank

·   Life   Members  $3415

·   Eastern   Panhandle   NP  ( dormant   chapter ) $2301

Summer   board   meeting   and   bio - blitz

Dear   WVNPS   Board : A s   you   consider   your   travel   and   lodging   plans ,  note   the   details   below   from   the   Bio - blitz   organizer .   Donna   Ford - Werntz

Lake   Floyd ,  a   community   between   Clarksburg   and   Salem   on   US   Rt . 50,  is   planning   a    Bio - Blitz   June  13, 14, 15, 2008.  The   goal   is   to   count   as   many   plant   and   animal   species   as   possible   in   approximately  32  hours   on   the  700  acre   property ,  which   includes   a  33  acre   Lake ,  several   streams ,  and   a   pond .   The   Lake   Floyd   Bio - Blitz   is   being   undertaken   as   an   all - volunteer   wildlife   education   project ,  to   interest   children   and   adults   in   the   nature   around   them .  The   property   has   been   divided   into   about  16  zones   – mini - watersheds   –  based   on   streams   as   centerlines   in   each   zone .  

Additionally   Taxa   Teams  ( e . g .,  Reptiles , A mphibians ,  Trees ,  Fungi ,  Vascular   Plants ,  Aquatic   Insects ,  Birds ,  etc .)  will   be   formed   under   supervision   of   professional   biologists   and   botanists .   We   are   looking   for   expert   Taxa   Team   leaders ,  who   can   visit   Lake   Floyd   for   even   a   few   hours   to   provide   professional   guidance . 

The   community   has   offered   to   provide   extra   bedrooms   in   homes   for   those   experts   who   would   have   a   long   drive   so   they   can   stay   Friday ,  Saturday   or   Sunday   if   they   wish .  Meeting   rooms   will   be   available   at   the   Lake   Floyd   clubhouse ,  or   other   space   available   in   the   community .   The   Bio - Blitz   organizers   very   much   appreciate   guidance   from   wildlife / nature   professionals   on   structuring   this   effort .  With   field   data   forms   from   WVDNR   and   other   sources ,  we   intend   to   collect   data   useful   to   the   scientific   community .   Please   send   comments   and   suggestions . 

The   Lake   Floyd   community   is   recruiting   local   Boy   Scout   troops  ( wildlife   merit   badges ), 4- H   Clubs   and   area   Garden   Clubs .  The   Master   Naturalists   and   Master   Gardeners   programs   have   been   contacted   to   participate .  A  Lake   Floyd   Biological   Survey   document   resulting   from   the  2008  Bio - Blitz   can   act   as   a   baseline   study   for   future   wildlife   and   nature   projects   on   the   property .   The  2008  Lake   Floyd   Bio - Blitz   is   inspired   by   the   life   work   of   Dr .  Edward   O .  Wilson ,  a   leader   of   a   world - wide   effort   to   preserve   diversity   of   forms   of   life ,  animals   and   plants ,  wildlife   and   habitat . A  film   on   his   life   will   be   part   of   the   Friday   evening   welcoming   reception   at   the   Lake   Floyd   clubhouse . 

Tentative   schedule   and   plan   –  subject   to   revision :  

May / early   June   Sign - up   sheets   for   Taxa   Team   participants   will   be   posted   at   Lake   Floyd   to   schedule   and   staff   teams .  Team   leaders   for   zones   will   be   assigned . 

Friday   June  13  

Noon   to  6:00  p . m .  Participants   arrive ,  check   out   the  700  acres   to   be   surveyed .  Set – up   of   picnic / staging   area ,  tanks ,  cages ,  specimen   containers .  Team   sign - ups   continued   and   assigned   for   next   day .  Wildlife   info   displays   and   tables   set   up   in   ballroom . 

6 :00  p . m . - ??   Program   of   instruction   to   participants ,  recruitment   of   new   members   for   participating   nature   organizations ,  time   reserved   for   short   presentations   by   any   experts / Taxa   Team   Leaders   who   wish   to   speak ,  Nature   documentary   film ( s )  in   cardroom ,  Nature   Photo      Contest   display ,  children ’ s   activities .   Light   refreshments .   Clubhouse   restaurant   open   late . 

9 :00  p . m .  until  ??    Possible   Owl   Taxa   Team   nighttime   survey   team   will   go   out . 

Saturday   June  14 

Dawn   –  Taxa   Teams   and   Zone   Leaders   may   begin   survey   at   their   discretion .

7 :45  a . m .  Check - in   tables   at   picnic   area   will   be   staffed   beginning   at  7:45  a . m .  Plant   and   animal   specimens   will   be   brought   in   and   recorded   and   digital   photographs   also   permitted .  Large   scoreboard   will   record   species   totals   hour   by   hour . A ll   animals   will   be   live - caught   and   returned   to   where   they   were   found .  

     ( June    bio - blitz   con t )

WVNPS   BO A RD   MEETING :   NOON   TO  4  pm

Noon   to  1:00  p . m .  During   lunch   hour   participants   can   change   teams   to   get   more   variety   of   experience ,  and   new   participants   assigned . 

6 :00  p . m .  Covered   dish   dinner   at   clubhouse .  Winners   of   pre - Bio - Blitz   nature   photography   contest   announced .  Photos   can   be   from   any   year ,  must   be   taken   on   Lake   Floyd   property .   

1 0:30  p . m . A ll   boats   should   come   in .  

1 0:45  p . m .  Picnic / check - in   staging   area   will   close . 

Night   time   Survey   –  Survey   may   continue   into   the   night   at   the   Dawn   –  Taxa   Teams   and   Zone   Leaders   may   begin   survey   at   their   discretion .

Sunday ,  June  15

7 :45  a . m .  Check - in   tables   at   picnic   area   will   be   staffed   beginning   at  7:45  a . m .  Plant   and   animal   specimens   will   be   brought   in   and   recorded   and   digital   photographs   also   permitted .  Large   scoreboard   will   record   species   totals   hour   by   hour . A ll   animals   will   be   live - caught   and   returned   to   where   they   were   found .  

Noon   to  1:00  p . m .  During   lunch   hour   participants   can   change   teams   to   get

more   variety   of   experience ,  and   new   participants   assigned . 

4 :00  p . m .  Collecting   should   stop   and   all   teams   return   to   picnic / check - in   area .  Total   of   all   species   surveyed   announced .  Bio - Blitz   nature   photography   contest   announced .  Photos   must   be   taken   during   Bio - Blitz ,  on   Lake   Floyd   property .    

Planning   Stages  

The   above   schedule   is   subject   to   change ,  and   we   welcome   all   suggestions .   Wonderful   West   Virginia   magazine   has   been   contacted   about   an   article   on   Bio - Blitz ,  and   we   are   seeking   other   ways   to   make   this   project   useful   to   the   nature /  scientific   community   in   West   Virginia .   Please   forward   this   information   to   any   nature   experts   or   professionals   who   might   be   interested   in   our   project .   For   info   please   contact   David   Powell  202 387

1 680, ( at   Lake   Floyd  304 782 2018)  wdp 320@ aol . com ,  Judy   Schillace  304 7 82 1936,  Judy   Burns  304 782 2018.      

PL A N   NOW   FOR   YOUR   SPRING   PL A NTING

Spring   is   here   and   it   is   time   to   plan   what   your   needs   will   be   for   those   warmer   days   of    May   when   we   like   to   dig   in   the   soil .   It   might   even   help   you   to   get   on   the   web   sites   of   our   native   plant   nurseries .   See   what   they   have   listed   and   get   your   plant   list   together .   Some   of   the   nurseries   have   catalogs   that   you   can   request   and   be   sure   to   share   with   you   friends ,  kin   folk ,  and   fellow   native   plant   enthusiasts .   Four   of   these   are   members   of   WVNPS :  Elk   Ridge   Nature   Works ,  LLC  ( Ron   Boyer  &  Liz   McDowell ),  Enchanter’s   Garden  ( Peter   Heus ),   Porterbrook   Native   Plants  ( Dr .  Frank   Porter ),  and   Sunshine   Farm   and   Gardens  ( Barry   Glick ).

Listed   below   are   some   sources   of   native   plants   for   our   area .   If   you   know   of   others ,  please   let   me   know   so   we   can   compile   a   complete   list   for   the   next   spring   issue   of   Native   Notes .

Brandywine   Conservancy

PO   Box  141

Chadds   Ford ,  P A 19317

Phone : 610  388-2700

Web   site :  www . brandywinemuseum . org / NativePlants

Seed   available   in   packets   at  $2 (30-50  seeds )  or  3  packets   at  $5

Sells   quality   seeds   of   many   native   plants   at   very   reasonable   prices .   Call   Mark   Gormel   at  610  388-8327  for   availability   of    “Large   quantity”   amounts   of   seeds  (1  gram   or  1/8  ounce   up   to  1  ounce ).

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Doyle   Farm   Nursery

1 58  Norris   Road

Delta ,  P A 17314

Phone / F A X  : 717  862-3134

Email :  jld @ doylefarm . com

Web   site :   doylefarm . com

Doyle   Farm   Nursery   specializes   in   native   perennial   grasses   and   herbs .   They   have   a   large   variety   of   plants   to   choose   from .  A ll   plants   are   grown   outside   so   they   do   not   have   to   acclimatize   when   first   planted .

Located   in   York   County   Pennsylvania .   Plants   are   high   quality   and   most   are   sold   in   “ pots”   that   are   quart   or   gallon   size .   They   will   ship   but   it   is   cheaper   to   pick   up   gallon   size   containers   at   the   nursery .   Prices   are   generally  $5-6  for   quart   size   and  $8-13  for   gallon   size .

Elk   Ridge   Nature   Works ,  LLC

Ron   Boyer  &  Liz   McDowell

2 83  Elk   Ridge   Lane

Grantsville ,  MD  21536

Phone : 301  895-3686

Email :  info @ elkridgenatureworks . com

Web   site :  elkridgenatureworks . com

A   very   nice   selection   of   native   plants   grown   on   site   in   Garrett   County   in   western   Maryland .   Ron   and   Liz   are   very   helpful   and   have   a   nice   selection   of   Mid -A ppalachian   wildflowers ,  grasses   and   rushes .   You   can   purchase   the   plants   at   the   nursery  ( by   appointment ),  at   local   festivals  &  farmers   markets ,  as   well   as ,  several   plant   events   in   the   Mid -A tlantic   region .

Enchanter’s   Garden

Peter    Heus

HC  77,  Box  108

Hinton ,  WV  25951

Phone -  F A X : 304   466-3154

Enchanter’s   Garden   offers   a   wide   variety   of   wildflowers ,  grasses ,  sedges   and   about  30  trees / shrubs .   Most   plants   are   in   quart   size   containers .  A  listing   of   plants   by   common   &   scientific   names   and   the   prices ,  can   be   mailed   to   customers .   To   buy   plants   you   need   to   make   an   appointment   and   visit   the   nursery .   Plants   are   no   longer   sold   by   mail   order   as   they   were   a   few   years   ago .                                                                                   

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Porterbrook   Native   Plants

Dr .  Frank   Porter

4 9607  St .  Rt . 124

Racine ,  OH  45771

Phone : 740  247-4565

Email :  info @ porterbrooknativeplants . com

Web   site :  porterbrooknativeplants . com

We   gladly   accept   small   online   orders   from   those   unable   to   visit   the   nursery .   Unless   otherwise   stated ,  all   plants   cost  $5.00  each   plus   the   actual   cost   of   postage .   Plants   will   be   sent   via   USPS .   You   can   pay   by   personal   check   or   money   order   made   out   to   Frank   W .  Porter .

The   web   site   lists   several   hundred   wildflowers ,  sedges ,  grasses ,  etc .  With   descriptions   of   foliage ,  flowers ,  height ,  hardiness   zones ,  sun / shade   preference   and   other   useful   information .   If   you   have   questions   email :   info @ porterbrooknativeplants . com  

There   is   also   a   page   on   rock   gardens   and   a   note   that   Frank   sells   many   native   trees   and   shrubs   that   are   not   listed   on   the   web   site

Shooting   Star   Nursery

4 44  Bates   Road

Frankfort ,  KY

Phone : 502  867-7979

Web   site :  www . shootingstarnursery . com

Huge   selection   of   mostly   native   plants   that   are   grown   in   containers   and   shipped   in  2.5  and  3.5- inch   pots .   They   have   large   selections   of   grasses / sedges ,  aquatics ,  ferns ,  trees /  shrubs ,  and   vines / brambles ..  A lso   sells   seed   mixes .

Prices   for   plants   generally   range   from  $5 - $7  and   woody   seedling   range   from  

$ 10 - $17

Toadshade   Wildflower   Farm

5 3  Everittstown   Rd .

Frenchtown ,  NJ  08825

Phone : 908  996-7500

Web   site :  www . toadshade . com

All   plants   are   native   to   the   eastern   US   and   are   grown   from   seeds   or   cuttings   in  3.5  inch  (1  pint )  pots .  A  few   are   grown   in   larger   pots .   Catalog   lists   categories   of   deer   resistant butterflies   and   hummingbirds sunny partial   shade and   shady   as   well   as dry moist and   wet   soils .     They   specialize   in   perennials .

Two   shipping   seasons : A pril  1  thru   June  30  and   September  1  thru   October  30.

Most   plants   cost   from  $5 - $5.75

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Sylva   Native   Nursery   and   Seed   Co .

Mike   Hollins   –   President

3 815  Roser   Road

Glen   Rock ,  P A 17327

Phone : 717  227-0486

F A X : 717  227-0484

Email :  sylvanat @ ao l.com

Web   site :  www . sylvanative . com

Sells   a   wide   variety   of   seed   mixes ,  seedlings   and   tublings   of   wildflowers / herbs ,  trees   and   shrubs .   Excellent   selections   of   wetland   species .   Mike   often   collects   seed   and   material   from   West   Virginia .

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Sunshine   Farm   and   Gardens

HC  67   Box  539 B

Renick ,  WV  24966

Phone : 304  497-2208

Email :  barry @ sunfarm . com

Web   site :  sunfarm . com

Barry   Glick   is   the   owner ,  brains   and   energy   behind   Sunshine   Farm   and   Gardens   that   grows   over  10,000  perennials ,  bulbs ,  trees ,  shrubs ,  sedges ,  wildflowers   and   specializes   in   hellebores .   This   nursery   is   primarily   wholesale   but   offers   limited   mail   order   to   home   gardeners   where   they   have   no   established   retailers .   No   one   else   in   our   area   offers   as   many   plant   species .

The   web   site   is   very   interesting