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Vascular and Non-Vascular Plant Walk in Alley Pond Park, Queens Co., NY

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Alley Pond Park

230-18 Kingsbury Ave

Oakland Gardens, NY 11364

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Alley Pond Park is a natural gem in the middle of northeastern Queens. Glacial kettle-hole ponds pockmark this landscape of forests, meadows and freshwater wetlands that transition to saltwater wetlands and tidal flats before meeting Little Neck Bay on Long Island Sound.

We will search for unusual species of bryophytes that were documented 14 years ago. Species to be on the lookout for: Warnstorfia exannulata, Calypogeia fissa, Odontoschisma prostratum, Pallavicinia lyellii, Riccia fluitans, Ricciocarpus natans. These are common species you usually find outside the city in less disturbed ecosystems. Historically, 59 species of mosses and 19 sp. of liverworts were recorded for the park, so who knows what we will find! And of course, we will also survey for vascular plants!

The field trip will last for 3 hours (11 am to 2 pm), please come prepared with good walking shoes and a hand lens. This walk is free.

Directions: Meeting at 11:00 am in front of Alley Pond Park entrance, 230-18 Kingsbury Ave, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364.
Public Transportation: To get to Alley Pond Park, take the E subway to Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens and switch to the Q46 Bus and take it to the Union Tpk/Grand Central Pkwy stop. When you get off the bus, walk up Grand Central Pkwy(5 min walk) until the parkway becomes Kingsbury Avenue.
By Car: Look up "230-18 Kingsbury Avenue" on Google maps

Trip leader: Christian Liriano, cliriano1018@gmail.com, 646-483-4974

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