Leaders: Rod Simmons, and Beth Johnson
Hickory Point Cypress Swamp Natural Area is the largest southern swamp system in Maryland, and supports at least 14 rare, threatened and endangered species. It is regarded by some as a northern extension of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. The site is an exceptionally diverse ecosystem, from towering bald cypress trees, to Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) swamps, to dry, upland forests. We should also see the state endangered Red Bay or Swamp Bay (Persea palustris) here - Maryland’s largest population. Red bay is also the larval host plant for the Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes), a butterfly which is also state endangered. We will use abandoned logging roads for access to the oak-pine and oak-heath forests found in the uplands, since there is no maintained trail network.
Start and end times are subject to change. Final details will be available at the conference.
Registration is restricted to the fall conference attendees. You can select this field trip when you register for the conference.
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