Windham, Michael .
Ferns of the central Wasatch Mountains, Utah.
This full day field trip is sponsored by the American Fern Society. Departing at 8:00AM, we will travel by bus to Albion Basin at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon (just 4 road miles above Snowbird). Starting at the Catherine Pass trailhead (elev. ca. 9,300 ft.), we will hike up to Catherine Pass (elev. ca. 10,300 ft.), then down into Big Cottonwood Canyon. The bus will pick us up at Brighton Ski Area (elev. ca. 8,300 ft.) and return us to the Snowbird meeting site (ca. 40 road miles) by 6:00PM. The geology of the area is diverse, providing suitable habitats for a variety of fern taxa. Participants can expect to see select species of Adiantum, Asplenium, Athyrium, Cryptogramma, Equisetum, Pellaea, Polypodium, Polystichum, Pteridium, Selaginella and Woodsia. In addition, they will have the opportunity to explore the substantial diversity of local Cystopteris, which includes five distinct fertile taxa plus many of the possible hybrids among them.
Participants should be prepared for a moderately strenuous hike covering approximately four miles at high elevation. Temperatures can range from around 80 degrees F on a cloudless (and intensely sunny) day to the mid 40's (with gusty winds) if a summer storm happens by. Thunderstorms are a strong possibility, especially in the afternoon, and the proximity of some ferns to flowing water and slippery rocks almost guarantees wet feet. All participants should bring comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, raingear, one or more layers of warm clothing, a change of socks, and sunscreen.
Includes transportation, continental breakfast, lunch and water
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1 - Duke University, Department of Biology, 139 Biological Sciences Building, PO Box 90338, Durham, North Carolina, 27708, USA
Presentation Type: Activities:Field Trips
Location: Entrance/Cliff Lodge
Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM