April Suggested Topics & Trips

Meeting Topics

Plants

  • wildflowers – 1st week:  trout lily, bloodroot, spring beauties; Last week:  may apples
  • lesser celandine (invasive) – 3rd week
  • Virginia bluebells – 3rd week
  • canopy closure
  • lyre-leaved rock cress
  • morel mushrooms
  • redbuds
  • dogwood

Animals

  • American Toads
  • Rock Fish – anadromous; migrating back to ocean after spawning; 3rd week.
  • migrant birds – 2nd week:  pine & palm warblers & Louisiana water thrushes
  • Robins

Trips

Hashawa or other local park

  • wildflower Hike

Great Falls of the Potomac & C&O  canal path

  • wildflowers, American toads,
  • Billy goat trail for experienced hikers,
    • 40 feet cliff to climb
    • last, downstream, 200 yards of Billy Goat trail has exceptional display of Virginia blue bells & is easy hike
  • C&O canal easier hike
  • Marsden Tract Group Campground, Mile 11.5 on the C&O Canal Towpath, between the Carderock Recreation Area and Angler’s Inn; Scout & civic group camping only; $40 per night

 

Susquehanna State Park

  • Extensive bluebells, 3rd week
  • Trilliums
  • early migrant songbirds
  • environmental programs offered – average $2 pp
  • Hiking trails – 15 miles
  • Kayak  Fisherman’s Park (near Conowingo Dam) to Lapidum Boat Ramp in Susquehanna State Park (5 miles) or Lapidum Boat Ramp to Havre de Grace (4 miles).
  • fishing
  • 4 person cabins $52 / night; 2 night min
  • 6 person tent campsites $22.50/night; 2 night min.

Kayaking on the Monocacy

National Arboretum

  • Azaleas, dogwoods & spring flowers

Service Projects

  • Tree planting and maintenance

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