BIRDWOOD PRESERVE/PAUL FITCHEN
Southeast, Putnam County, NY


Directions:

US 287 to US 684 north; exit 10; at light go straight through the intersection; turn right on Starr Ridge Road; drive .875 miles and (shortly after passing Friendly Road), turn left onto Cobb Road; drive .375 of a mile and pull over on the right just after a hidden bridge marked by small white fence posts (just before Peach Brook Lane).

In this same area are the Birdwood Preserve and Cedar Swamp Preserve.


History:

Owned by Putnam Land Trust.


Trails:

You can park at Paul Fitchen and walk south along the Red Trail. At a T-intersection: if you take the right turn you keep going south across a gas pipeline cut, but soon peters out.

Or at the T-intersection, you can go left, east, paralleling the east-west gas pipeline cut. The trail comes to another T-intersection. A left turn would lead to the kiosk and road at Birdwood Preserve. A right turn takes the hiker to a small observation platform and a nice wooden bridge over Peach Lake Brook. The trail then goes south over the gas pipeline cut and into a skunk cabbage swamp. The trail goes into a hemlock area, but soon just stops. So one has to return the way one came, except this time it is a little harder to find the red markers. I had to resort to my compass to keep on the right trail.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple)
Pyrus sp. (Crab apple)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Shrubs:
Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) 5/13/01
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush) 8/14/00
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus) 5/13/01
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle) 5/13/01
Mitchella repens (partridge berry)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus flagellaris (common dewberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) 5/13/01
Viburnum dentata (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum lentago (nannyberry viburnum) 5/13/01 soon

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)

Herbs:
Agrimonia sp. (agrimony) 8/14/00
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/13/01 8/14/00
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed) 8/14/00
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone)
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 5/13/01
Bidens coronata (beggarticks)
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Cardamine sp. (small-flowered bittercress?) 5/13/01
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed) 5/13/01
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 8/14/00
Coptis? (gold thread)?
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 8/14/00
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry) 5/13/01
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Galium triflorum (sweet-scented bedstraw)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 5/13/01
Geum canadense (white avens)
Geum lanceolatum (rough avens)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 8/14/00
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Lepidium virginicum (poor man's pepper)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) 8/14/00
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) 8/14/00
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Medicago lupulina (black medick) 8/14/00
Myosotis sp. (forget me not)
Nuphar advena (yellow pond lily) ? hold leaves above the water
Nymphaea odorata (fragrant water lily)?
Oenothera biennis (common primrose) 8/14/00
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 8/14/00
Pilea pumila (clearweed) 8/14/00
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polemonium reptans (Greek valerian) 5/13/01
Polygonum arifolium (halberd-leaved tearthumb)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 8/14/00
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Prenanthes sp. (lettuce)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf buttercup) 5/13/01
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup) 8/14/00
Ranunculus recurvatus (hooked buttercup) 5/13/01
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)
Sedum telephioides (garden sedum)
Senecio obovatus (round-leaved ragwort) 5/13/01 lots
Senecio vulgaris (common groundsel) 8/14/00
Symplocarpus foetidus (swamp cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 5/13/01
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Trientalis borealis (star flower) 5/13/01
Trifolium pratense (red clover)
Trillium erectum (red trillium)
Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) 8/14/00
Veronica serpyllifolia (thyme-leaved speedwell) 5/13/01
Viola blanda (sweet white violet) 5/13/01
Viola conspersa (dog violet) 5/13/01
Viola cucullata (blue marsh violet) 5/13/01

Rushes:
Juncus effusus (sot rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)
Luzula multiflora (wood rush) 5/13/01

Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type (sedge) 5/13/01
Carex stricta (tussock sedge) 5/13/01
Carex vulpinoidea (fox-like sedge)

Grasses:
Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass) 5/13/01
Dactylis glomeratus (orchard grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Poa pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Dryopteris carthusiana (toothed wood fern)
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)

Others:
Sphagnum sp. (sphagnum moss)


At nearby East Branch Reservoir in bloom were:
Lilium superbum (Turk's cap lily) 8/14/00
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) 8/14/00
Polygonum amphibium 8/14/00