Refuge Bogs

22 September 2017 – Hidden Bog – A New Discovery

22 September 2017 Botany Bill JournalRefuge BogsSites around refuge

  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. The area was very pristine with no noticeable infestation of exotic plant species. We estimated […]

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26 June 2015 – Welchs Bog

26 June 2015 Botany Bill JournalRefuge Bogs

(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 north of the “Savanna” off of Sweet Gum Lane. I did not know what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised. The topography of this bog is steeper than most […]

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6 June 2015 – Hilltop Bog

6 June 2015 Botany Bill JournalRefuge Bogs

(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 variant of the Coastal Plain/Piedmont Acidic Seepage Swamp :CEGL006238. The full extent of the bog […]

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6 June 2015 – Sweet Pepperbush Bog

6 June 2015 Botany Bill JournalRefuge BogsSites around refuge

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 is named for the abundance of Clethra alnifolia L. (Sweet Pepperbush) found here. During my […]

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14 May 2015 – Foray to the Pitch Pine Wetland

14 May 2015 Botany Bill JournalRefuge Bogs

(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 in the areas that looked like they had been historically disturbed. Beaver activity was evident […]

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11 May 2015 – Deerberry – Vaccinium stamineum

11 May 2015 Botany Bill JournalPlant ProfileRefuge BogsSites around refuge

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.       Deerberry is a member of the genus Vaccinium which features blueberries, cranberries, […]

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8 May 2015 – Bog Foray Time!

8 May 2015 Botany Bill JournalRefuge Bogs

(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 the North Tract. Our first visit was the putative “Magnolia Bog.” We had to hike […]

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1 May 2015 – The Sweet Spot

1 May 2015 Botany Bill JournalRefuge Bogs

(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 the site where the sphagnum moss density is much higher, and the character of the […]

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21 April 2015 – Water Flow through the “Bog”

21 April 2015 Botany Bill JournalRefuge BogsSites around refuge

(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 through the “bog.” At this location, there was a very slight ripple and you could […]

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21 April 2015 – Elevation sketch of the Clean Fill Dump

21 April 2015 Botany Bill JournalRefuge BogsSites around refuge

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

17 April 2015 Botany Bill JournalRefuge Bogs

(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 starting to leaf out. I noticed a Vaccinium just getting ready to bloom.   I […]

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25 July Evening (Fri)

25 July 2014 Botany Bill JournalRefuge BogsSites around refuge

Today we forayed in the Sundew Bog area under the powerlines next to Lemon’s Bridge Road. Rusty Russel and Melinda Peters from the National Herbarium at the Smithsonian and Wayne Longbottom joined in.

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