Meetings, Field Trips

& Events

Gentiana crinita, fringed gentian. Photo by Lincoln Nutting. Flowering Plants of Western New York, Eckert Herbarium, Buffalo State College.

All General Meetings and Field trips are open to the public and free of charge.

General meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, at the

Harlem Road Community Center, 4225 Harlem Road, one block south of Main Street in Snyder (except November and April meetings).

Please, all field trip attendees, remember to let the trip leader know you are coming!! Mishaps have occasionally happened when plans were changed at the last minute. Guests are always welcome!

Please note: Meetings are listed first, then field trips and other events.

Past programs will be deleted here, they are still listed in Events Past and on the calendar.


"Is Spring Out of Sync? Changing Seasons in our Changing Forests."

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Mason Heberling will talk about his research on forest wildflowers and climate change. Mr. Heberling is Assistant Curator of Botany at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, and also Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

NFBS Plant Sale!

We are happy to announce the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will be holding its plant sale this year.

Saturday, June 5 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Randall Baptist Church (outdoor pavillion)

6301 Main Street

Williamsville, NY 14221,-78.7188995,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x4dbb00941e4e46b8!8m2!3d42.9658409!4d-78.7188995

There is plenty of parking, outdoor space and restrooms so come join us, but please bring your mask.

Field Trips – 2021

It is hoped that the coronavirus threat will allow the field trips listed below to take place. Those wishing to participate in a field trip MUST contact the trip leader to confirm whether the field trip will occur as scheduled. Guests are welcome.

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m.:

John B. Austin Nature Park, Lockport

Date dependent on the arrival of spring. Two NFBS member went there last year and found abundant spring wildflowers. Directions: Route 78 (Transit Rd.) to north edge of Lockport, turn right (east) on Slayton Settlement Road. Parking lot is on right and is well marked. Leader: J. Schlegel, 835-6042.

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

Como Lake Park, Lancaster.

Years ago Como Park was renowned for its spring ephemerals, especially white trout lilies along the lake, but invasive lesser celandine has been overrunning the native plants. We will see if we can find any remaining native plants, and also explore sections of the park away from the lake. Directions: Route 20 (Broadway) past Lancaster City Hall, right on Lake, left on Como Park Blvd, left on Quincy and into the park. Meet at first parking lot on right. Leader: J. Schlegel, 835-6042.

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

Village Green Park, Elma.

This site has a historic sawmill and a nice variety of spring flora in wooded and creekside habitats. This is an easy walk--almost everything is close to the trail. We hope to find abundant white trout lilies and bladdernut in bloom. Meet at the Rite Aid parking lot on Union Road, West Seneca, just south of the exit from Rte. 400. Picnic tables are available--bring an optional lunch. Please call leader M. Siuta, 822-2544.

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

Upper Canadaway Creek, on Burnam Road in Chautauqua County.

We will return to a magnificent wooded site we visited under the guidance of Eric Danielsen on Sept. 14, 2019. It was filled with magnolias, slippery elm, towering sycamores and glorious ferns, and we commented at the time that we should come again in the spring. Meet at Home Depot east of I-90 at exit 56. Bring lunch. Trail is steep. Leader: J. Schlegel, 835-6042.

Saturday-Sunday, June 12-13, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

Valentine Flats Area at Zoar Valley

New York Flora Assn. trip, NFBS members welcome. See NYFA web site for details.

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Niagara Gorge

Meet at the Niagara Falls Amtrak Station parking lot, on Main St (Rte. 104) north of the falls. Bring lunch. Note: there will be stairs to descend into the gorge. Call J. Schlegel, 835-6042, if you wish to go. Leader on site will be Andrew Lance, Restoration Ecologist with the WNY Land Conservancy and leader of the restoration project in the gorge.

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 8:30 a.m.

Lost Nation State Forest, east of Arcade in Allegany County

Meet in East Aurora at the parking lot behind the theater on Main St. For those wishing to go directly: drive north from Centreville on North Hill Road, left (west) on Dow Road, right (north) on Lost Nation Road to parking lot on right. We will hike the Lost Nation Stream Trail, a 3-mile loop. Bring lunch. Recommended by Dick Rosche. Leader: J. Schlegel, 835-6042.

Saturday, July 31, 9:30 a.m.

East River Marsh & more, Grand Island

Meet at Beaver Island Kayak Launch & trailhead at the end of East River Road (off of Ferry Road) in Beaver Island State Park for a walk along the Niagara River shoreline and adjacent wetland forest. After lunch those interested can walk the new trails at Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary. Leader: D. Spiering, 548-6949.

Saturday, August 14, 8:30 a.m.

Moss Lake

East of Rushford in Allegany County. A small lake with woods containing black oaks, and a bog accessed by a boardwalk. Easy walk. Meet in East Aurora at the parking lot behind the theater on Main St. Leader: J. Schlegel, 835-6042.