Rockefeller State Park Preserve, near Pleasantville, NY

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I live in Manhattan, NYC. Yesterday a good friend of mine (@catverde) drove the two of us up to Rockefeller State Park Preserve, which is in the Hudson Valley near Pleasantville, about an hour's drive north of NYC. In the park during the afternoon, @pbuttercup was running a wildflower walk around Swan Lake, encouraging people to put their observations up on iNat.

I was kind of amazed once I got home again to find out that in about three hours on a Saturday afternoon, I had seen at least 26 lifers -- 26 species that I had never seen before.

That total of new things consisted of 18 vascular plant species, 6 arthropod species, and 2 fungi. And that total may quite likely increase, as people here on iNat check and improve my existing IDs, and also probably put a few IDs on things that don't yet have one.

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Out of the lifer arthropods I observed, the insects were:

Cordyligaster septentriodis, a bristle fly
Oulema sp., a handsome beetle
Spongy Oak Apple Gall Wasp
Bumelia Webworm Moth

Arachnid lifers were:

Eastern Harvestman
Aceria nyssae on Black Tupelo

Fungi lifers included:

Conifer mazegill -- growing out of a picnic bench

The vascular plants included:

Fox Grape
Shining Bedstraw
Wild Basil
Panicled Ticktrefoil
Round-headed Bush Clover
Deptford Pink
Bush's Sedge
Pointed Broom Sedge
Whorled Loosestrife
Meadow Buttercup
Meadow Rue
Sanicle
Pussytoes
American Lopseed
American Hog Peanut
Wild Sarsaparilla
Honewort
Sallow Sedge

I added all of my observations to the project "Rockefeller State Park Preserve", here:
https://inaturalist.ca/projects/rockefeller-state-park-preserve

And immediately I appeared in third place on their leaderboards for the most observations (155) and the most species observed (102). I seem to have added about 9 species to their iNat list for the preserve, so that's good.

I would love to go back there sometime, and my friend Caterina is interested in going back too. The park has many interesting areas to visit which are different from the areas around Swan Lake, and there are no doubt a lot more new-to-me species to be found in all those areas.

Posted by susanhewitt susanhewitt, June 19, 2022 19:09

Observations

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Narrow-leaved Bittercress (Cardamine impatiens)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 01:27 PM EDT

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Japanese Pearlwort (Sagina japonica)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 01:28 PM EDT

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Scarlet Plant Bugs (Genus Lopidea)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 01:31 PM EDT

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Conifer Mazegill (Gloeophyllum sepiarium)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 01:38 PM EDT

Description

Growing out of the wood of a picnic table!

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Northern Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:16 PM EDT

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True Sedges (Genus Carex)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:22 PM EDT

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Broadleaf Enchanter's Nightshade (Circaea canadensis)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:23 PM EDT

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Broad-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:23 PM EDT

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Shining Bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:27 PM EDT

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:27 PM EDT

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Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatus)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:32 PM EDT

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:33 PM EDT

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Wild Basil (Clinopodium vulgare)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:37 PM EDT

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Fox Grape (Vitis labrusca)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:38 PM EDT

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Rock Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia baltimorensis)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:46 PM EDT

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Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:48 PM EDT

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Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:48 PM EDT

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Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:53 PM EDT

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Panicled Ticktrefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:56 PM EDT

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Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 02:56 PM EDT

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Scirpus Bulrushes (Genus Scirpus)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:05 PM EDT

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Bush's Sedge (Carex bushii)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:05 PM EDT

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Pointed Broom Sedge (Carex scoparia)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:06 PM EDT

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Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:07 PM EDT

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Rock Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia baltimorensis)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:10 PM EDT

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Eastern Harvestman (Leiobunum vittatum)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:16 PM EDT

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Meadow-Rues (Genus Thalictrum)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:23 PM EDT

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Wood Sanicle (Sanicula europaea)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:23 PM EDT

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Pussytoes (Genus Antennaria)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:24 PM EDT

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Dicots [Paraphyletic] (Class Magnoliopsida)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:28 PM EDT

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Tall Meadow-Rue (Thalictrum pubescens)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:29 PM EDT

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American Hog-Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:35 PM EDT

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Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:35 PM EDT

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:37 PM EDT
Fungi

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Fungi Including Lichens (Kingdom Fungi)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:48 PM EDT

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Interrupted Fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:51 PM EDT

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Honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:57 PM EDT

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:59 PM EDT

Description

On Black Tupelo.

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Sallow Sedge (Carex lurida)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 03:59 PM EDT

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Wild Basil (Clinopodium vulgare)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 04:01 PM EDT

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Narrow-leaved Bittercress (Cardamine impatiens)

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susanhewitt

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June 18, 2022 04:04 PM EDT

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Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis pectinacea)

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susanhewitt

Date

June 18, 2022 04:08 PM EDT

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