Our heritage is soil bound


Cleveland Museum of Natural History
From Field to Herbarium

Field Notes 30.i.2016

Greetings Everyone,

Sharing anticipation and interest, Native Plant Society members and guests gathered for our society's first program of the new year to learn about The Cleveland Museum of Natural History herbarium. Objects, details, and facts of plants, people, and current affairs were displayed and discussed. Through sharing his life experience, recounting the life experiences of others, presenting plant specimens to observe and touch, and talking about habitat, geology, and conservation, what we also learned more about that afternoon through Jim Bissell was our heritage.

The information Jim Bissell shared with us during our afternoon visit was comprehensive. Many wanted to stay and learn more. The narrative by Judy Barnhart captures the afternoon's program well. The added graphics and links supplement key points discussed and provide further sources of study.

The Native Plant Society wishes to express our appreciation to Jim Bissell for sharing his knowledge and time. We also wish to express appreciation to members and guests who were able to join us.

We look forward to seeing you at future programs and outings!

With kind regards,
 Lisa K. Schlag
Native Plant Society NE Ohio Treasurer


NPS Progrm: from field to herbarium

Jim Bissell's original herbarium specimen of spreading globleflower, Trollius laxus Salisb. ssp. laxus collected 12 April 1984

from field to herbarium
Program Information

Please join us.  We look forward to seeing you!! And, please remember to register with Judy for this program.

Related Readings from our Virtual Archives:
April 1983 V1N2: The Herbarium Resource, Jim Bissell
March 1987 V5N2: Trollius laxus Salisb. ssp. laxus, Spreading Globe-Flower, Guy Denny

Bedford Reservation: Sagamore Creek Walk

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."     Lao Tzu


Bedford Reservation: Sagamore Creek bioObservation Survey

We had a wonderful time on the Wednesday evening of 16 April 2014 identifying and photographing various plants along the Linda Falls trail.  Our path led us through a woodland, along the edge of a ravine, and into a floodplain populated by wildflowers in differing stages of emergence.  Along the way we passed a white oak tree and were told that shed skins of black rat snakes have been observed in the branches.  None were observed on our evening walk.

Nature is a wonderful teacher.

Preserving Land and Protecting Habitats: Public Park Districts Deserve Our Support

Preserving land and protecting the habitat of threatened species is a magnificent investment in the future. One of the best ways to do this is to support our local parks and preserves. Public park districts especially deserve our support. It is imperative that we have protected places where the public can appreciate the peace and beauty of nature.

New Virtual Herbarium Sheets

"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Serviceberry,  Amelanchier  sp.                                                                             photograph courtesy of Lisa K. SchlaG     Spokan Swamp 2014

Serviceberry, Amelanchier sp.                                                                            photograph courtesy of Lisa K. SchlaG    Spokan Swamp 2014

Two new virtual herbarium sheets have been posted:
chestnut oak and harbinger-of-spring

Wishing you a mighty fine spring day,
Lisa K. SchlaG        

Thompson Ledges Wildflower Walk

"The acorn is the only seed I can think of which is left by nature to take care of itself. It matures without protection, falls heavily and helplessly to the ground to be eaten and trodden on by animals, yet the few which escape and those which are trodden under are well able to compete in the race for life. ... It drives its tap root into the earth in spite of grass and brush and litter...."
Robert Douglas,
The Garden, No.921, Saturday, July 13, 1889, Vol.XXXVI

One of the most deeply meaningful experiences of being out in nature is the feeling of being connected -- in and through time. You are not only witnessing the present, but the past and future as well. Those who participated in the Thompson Ledges walk observed the many hundreds of sprouting, broken, and trodded upon acorns similar to those Robert Douglas observed and wrote about in 1889.
The "what" experienced in nature can be anything. The importance is the experience itself.

Thompson Ledges Wildflower Walk

Wishing you a good start to your week,
Lisa K. SchlaG