Acadia, which includes Schoodic and MDI
I spent the last 3 days at Acadia National Park (and environs), scoping it out as a possible field site and talking at the annual Acadia Science Symposium (which was awesome, go if ever you have the chance). I also met the amazing Karen James and got to go on a great hike with her company. I also found out the hard way that Acadia National Park is split over two peninsulas/islands — luckily however, my poor planning meant I got to see both!
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Two weekends ago I visited stomping grounds from a past life with a trip to the Second College Grant to look for 35 tree and shrub species. It was amazing — they have an incredible new research cabin , KE was exceedingly helpful, and I found most species, though if you’re ever up there keep an eye out for Tilia ….
Saint Hippolyte again!
Botanizing this trip — over 40 species to find and tag 6-10 times over. Huge thanks to AB for all his amazing help! One more trip coming up this year! But this time it’s almost the whole lab of us. Stay tuned.
Vassal, the Louvre of winegrapes
One indoor highlight of my recent trip to Davis was hearing from AW that the transfer of Vassal (see also this) from its home on the beach to Pech Rouge will be okay. I visited Vassal in late June and it was amazing. It has 5000+ varieties of grapes, records on all of them and is planted so close to the water that all the plants are on their own rootstock.
Brix! The last phenological stage of the season in California!
Brix trip to Davis and San Francisco in early August to catch the earliest season on record in California for winegrapes. BF also pulled and pressed an impressive collection of leaves (which DB is packing up for the oven).
And then I went to Gothic
Sadly, we missed cricket night but we may try for it next year.
Adventures in field work in Quebec … do you know what this plant is? Me neither. Shoot. Time to learn the entire woody angiosperm flora from Massachusetts to the Laurentians!
In the field!
Finally, a little bit of time in Arboretum ‘field’ site. Next up it’s the road again: St. Hippolyte (backcountry of Quebec), Gothic, Colorado and Davis — one more time!