Bioblitz: Plant Identification Walk

Photo: Brian Maley

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9:00-11:30 AM


Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook—town of Ithaca, Tompkins County


Join botanist David Werier and learn about the wild spring plants that adorn the local landscape. This walk will help familiarize participants with the plants that occur in the rich bottomlands of the Cayuga Inlet valley, from may apple to wild blue phlox to a diversity of violet species. And don’t forget the countless sedges and grasses which are the true robins of the plant world, many being well-adapted to the world humans have created, including a massive deer population.

David has been a professional botanist for the past few decades focusing on conservation of the native wild plants of New York and beyond. He is the recent author of a book detailing all the wild plants that occur in the state.

The iNaturalist app is not required to participate. Learn more about the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s 2022 Bioblitz Weekend.


From Ithaca follow Rt. 13 south to just past Buttermilk Falls State Park. Turn left on Sandbank Road. At Y intersection bear right on Town Line Road. Park immediately on right side of the road (before the bridge). Sweedler Preserve is to the right (white trail), Thayer Preserve to the left (orange and blue trails).

Bioblitz is free to participate but donations are welcomed. General donations may be made, or please let the FLLT know if you would like to make a pledge of any amount per species by contacting us at or (607) 275-9487. The total species count will be tallied on iNaturalist. Gifts can be made online—please click the box that says “This gift is in honor or memory of someone” and type in: 2022 Bioblitz.

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