Category Archives: Refuge Bogs

22 September 2017 – Hidden Bog – A New Discovery

  Dave Anderson and I spent some time this afternoon locating a previously undocumented Magnolia seepage bog that was recently discovered by the Patuxent Research Refuge supervisory wildlife biologist Sandy Spencer and biologist John Bourne on the Refuge’s North Tract. … Continue reading

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26 June 2015 – Welchs Bog

(Photo above: Close-up of an Indian Cucumber (Medeola virginiana) flower found in this bog.) (Click on the thumbnails below for full views.) Spent about 3.5 hours on the refuge today. My main task was to locate the boggy area just … Continue reading

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6 June 2015 – Hilltop Bog

(Above photo is a full view of the bog.) Hilltop Bog is the headwaters for one of the small streams which feeds into the Patuxent River. The water from this bog flows in generally south. The plant community is a … Continue reading

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6 June 2015 – Sweet Pepperbush Bog

Although this seepage swamp, which is located in the northwest part of the North Tract along Sweet Gum Lane, is only a short distance from the road, it is not clearly visible unless you are carefully looking for it. It … Continue reading

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14 May 2015 – Foray to the Pitch Pine Wetland

(Above picture: Beaver dam) Today, I took a brief foray to the pitch pine wetland area along Lemmon Bridge Road, and took a bunch of pictures (see below). There were quite a few sweet gum tree and Virginia pines, especially … Continue reading

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11 May 2015 – Deerberry – Vaccinium stamineum

This afternoon, I went looking for bogs that I had not found yet.  On the edge of one of the bogs were some Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum) bushes.  They were putting on a showy display so I decided to photograph them. … Continue reading

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(Above photo: Rod Simmons standing next to a pitch pine in the pitch pine wetland.) Today, I had the pleasure of showing Rod Simmons, Mark Strong, and Carol Kelloff of the Smithsonian Institute some of the sights (and sites) on … Continue reading

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1 May 2015 – The Sweet Spot

(Above photo: A view of what I call the sweet spot in the putative Magnolia Bog.) Today I made a foray out to the Magnolia Bog to make a quick survey of things. There is an area the middle of … Continue reading

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21 April 2015 – Water Flow through the “Bog”

(Above photo: a view of the “bog” from the northeast corner. You can see Japanese barberry in the foreground.” In the mid-ground, there is vernal pool. In the background, you can see the “bog”.) These are pictures of water flowing … Continue reading

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21 April 2015 – Elevation sketch of the Clean Fill Dump

This is an elevation sketch of the clean fill dump. It is too bad that some of the magnolia bog and the seepeages were covered up.  

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17 April 2015 – Spring is starting to arrive at the Magnolia Bog

(Photo above – a view of the bog from the east edge. You can see a good-sized patch of sphagnum moss in the middle of the photo.)   Today was interesting at the “magnolia bog” site. The trees were just … Continue reading

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