WARD'S POINT, STATEN ISLAND


Sponsor: Torrey Botanical Club

Date: September 15, 1968

Leader: Mathilde P. Weingartner

Walking toward the northern section of the beach, we found a small stand of Bidens trichosperma, also Ammophila breviligulata, Salsola kali, Cakile edentula, and one of the small sunflowers. Then we climbed up the ridge from the beach and paralleled it on higher ground. There there was a lot of Celtis occidentalis in fruit, some Toxylon pomiferum, Populus grandidentata, and lots of poison ivy. In a garden, a Buddleia shrub had drawn a large number of monarch butterflies, plus one female hummingbird. We then walked south from Hyland Blvd. to the most southern point of New York State. Along the beach we found many shells of interest, there having occurred a great mortality of very small long-necked clams. A great abundance of Nassa obsoleta (mud snail) were also washed up on the beach. We got some very close looks at sanderlings combing the beach for sand fleas and prawns. Other birds seen were: common and least terns fishing for minnows, tree swallows skimming through air for insects, several large migratory flights of blue jays, herring gulls, laughing gulls, Bonaparte gulls, a ruddy turnstone, and many robins. A wood pewee darted out from the branches of a tree and returned to the same perch with its insect prey.

Up on the sand were many sandburs to snag your socks. We returned again to a higher level and found a great deal of moonseed (Menisperma) which had spread from just one plant, and is now covering large areas. Another adventive, Allionia nictaginea, an umbrellawort from the western states, is still in the area now for over 20 years although there is not as much as there used to be. Attendance was 10.


July 27, 1946. Ward's Point, S.I.

We found Allionia nyctaginea which seems to persist year to year

thriving colony of Tripsacum dactyloides grass

Charles Ericson attendance14


PLANT LIST:

Mathilde P. Weingartner


Ammophila breviligulata (beach grass)
Bidens coronata (northern beggarticks)
Buddleia davidii (butterfly bush)
Cakile edentula (sea rocket)
Celtis occidentalis (hackberry)
Cenchrus sp. (sandbur)
Helianthus sp. (sunflower)
Maclura pomifera (osage orange)
Menispermum canadense (moonseed)
Mirabilis nyctaginea (an umbrellawort from the western states)
Populus grandidentata (big-toothed aspen)
Salsola kali (common saltwort)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Tripsacum dactyloides (gamma grass)