Saturday, 11. May 2019, Staten Island, Wildflower Watch at Corson's Brook Woods

Corson’s Brook Woods lies in the Willowbrook section of Staten Island, a 21-acre forest wedged between two developed tracts. Boulders are prolific and strewn about. Their presence indicates that our site was never cultivated by Dutch colonists. Ecologically rich, it's also one of the oldest forests in New York City, boasting 150 year old trees.  Red and black oaks and maple-leaved viburnum dominate in drier soils. Walking down slope toward the stream we see sugar and red maples and American beech. Spicebush and magnificently-sized tulip trees stand along the banks. It boasts locally rare wildflowers such as bloodroot and false hellebore and a unique red maple and American basswood community. Underfoot the mix of soft brown leaves becomes a slurry in wetter spots with dark, silty mud.

Recommended: sturdy shoes, hat, water, sunscreen, and tick repellant. Be prepared for muddy conditions and thorns as we bushwhack through the forest's edge; the walk will last approximately 2 hours. Park at Jasper Street and For­est Hill Road and meet across the street at the corner of the entrance to the College of Staten Island.

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Wildflower Watch at Corson's Brook Woods

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