Common Split Gill Fungus on dead tree branch- 06 March 2017- Skaneateles, NY

I photographed this bracket-like fungus on a fallen branch at the edge of a melt-water stream, near the west shore of Skaneateles Lake. The stream-bed was eroded shale. This is in the Bahar Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust.                                     The tiny fungus has a finely scalloped edge which curls toward the underside, and a fuzzy (tomentose?) upper surface. Thanks to those at The Maine Master Naturalist Program who looked at this and identified it as Schizophyllum commune, Split Gill fungus, and provided this link:http://www.mushroomexpert.com/schizophyllum_commune.html

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Bud Diary – Red Oak

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Dormant:  bud scales tight; no green tissue.

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March 14, 2017  Four perfect leaves emerged from the terminal bud. Note the “bristled lobes”.  There is still a trace of the downy fuzz, but the leaves began drooping and fading almost immediately; they don’t belong indoors, they need to be attached to their tree.

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Straight-toothed Sallow Bar Harbor 28 Feb. 2017

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Rhododendron groenlandicum- Labrador Tea, Bar Harbor 12 Feb.2017

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Site is a wet spot near a vernal pool. Trees in the area include speckled alder, white pine, red and black spruces, balsam fir, red maple.  Leaves on Rhododendron groenlandicum are 20-50 mm length, 15-25 mm width.

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Fern growing in snow- 02 Feb. 2017 Acadia National park

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Pinnules slightly lobed and finely veined. In background frond appears to have “tilted” pinnules, and they are widely separated on the blade.

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First lower pinnule is almost equal or a bit shorter than the second; but not very much. The texture looks like the ferns that I think are Dryopteris cristata , they are growing near our vernal pool at home. But this plant has several fertile fronds present and the D. cristata has only sterile fronds now (winter). Also, the sori placement is not D. cristata.

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It’s aprox.21″ total. Stipe is scaled, looks like there might be tiny scales on the Rachis. I did not want to handle the fern beyond raising the frond a bit for a photo; it is in the Park, on a carriage road.  I would like identification help with this one.  

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Nematomorph -Acadia Nat. Park January 26-28, 2017

Gordian worms!   Notice that one end works like a “holdfast” or anchor attaching to the gravel or a leaf. The Nematomorph photographed on the 26th was there in the same place on the 27th (we put it back after its photo-op) and it was still there on the 28th along with others. I am wondering if the mass of spaghetti-looking things in the photo of the Collembola  are actually a “nest” of the Nematomorphs.  And, there are two species of Collembola in there; the orange ones are Sminthurus.

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Is this a nest or hatchery or is it just grass? Notice the two species of Collembola.

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Bryophytes Acadia Nat. Park & MDI 26 Jan. 2017

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ID thanks to Roger Rittmaster,  Bartramia pomiformis. This moss is on the access path to the Witch Hole Trail, 44 24′ 14″ N  and 68 14′ 55″ W (sorry I don’t know how to get the degree sign for the notations). Acadia Nat. Park.

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ID thanks to Grace Bartlett, Bazzania trilobata.  This liverwort is not in the park; it’s on Mt Desert Island, 44 24′ 54″N   68 15′ 08″W   I did not touch or measure because the water droplets were so fragile, but my fingernail, visible in photo is 1 cm at midpoint.

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