OMLA 2012 Spring Foray
Allen County, OH
June 15, 2013

We held our late-spring-almost-summer 2013 Foray at Kendrick Woods in Allen County on Saturday, June 15. This wonderful, 472-acre preserve is part of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District and is also designated as a State Nature Preserve. We are very grateful to the Park District and Director Vince Sarno for giving us permission to collect here in search of new records for Allen County, which previously had only 24 different mosses and 9 kinds of lichens reported.

The weather was sunny and warm. Plenty of rain in the weeks before the foray made for lush vegetation and should have made for plenty of mosquitoes, but they weren’t as abundant as you might expect in one of our northwest Ohio woods this time of year.

(All photos by Bob Klips)

OMLA Allen  Diane Jeff

 Diane, Robin and Jeff tallying some new county records.

Leskea gracilescens

Leskea gracilescens was very common on logs and trees.

The great thing about looking at lichens and mosses is that you won’t get tired from running fast. Here were are, about 15 feet from our starting point after 20 minutes (OK, maybe it was 20 feet in 15 minutes), finding plenty to look at:

OMLA Allen woods

We happened upon a beautiful Scutellara ovata on our way to the next bryophyte hot spot:

Scutellara ovata

One of the fun things about being engrossed looking at bryophytes is to be startled when some huge creature suddenly appears, in this case a six-spotted tiger beetle:

six-spotted tiger beetle

Janet couldn’t resist the opportunity to work with the excellent local clay in the floodplain. The work was placed in the shelter house sculpture gallery at the end of the day.

OMLA Janet and friend

All who survived the morning met up at lunch time for our traditional line-up with beautiful Kendrick Woods in the background:

OMLA Allen group

Physconia detersa as found and photographed by Bob:

Physconia detersaJeff and Clea check out a trove of Bryums on a shelter house chimney that was perfectly placed to catch rain water from the roof:

Physconia leucoleiptesSmilax herbacea in full bloom:

Smilax herbacea

Species lists and additional details about the OMLA 2013 Spring Foray will appear in our newsletter, OBELISK, at the end of the year.