[BSW] Nov. 5 Next BSW meeting + November 2 Fall Foliage Hike at Dora Kelley Nature Park, City of Alexandria
kathy at fred.net
Thu Oct 31 20:28:47 GMT 2013
Jay Horn will speak at our Novemer 5 meeting - 7 PM
The Vertebrate Zoology Seminar Room WG33 (ground floor), West Wing of the National Museum of
Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic: Diversity and evolutionary biology of Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae)
Fall Foliage Hike at Dora Kelley Nature Park, City of Alexandria
Leaders: Rod Simmons and John Burke
Date and Time: Saturday, November 2 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Adults are invited to explore fall’s emerging beautiful colors in this hike
through the eastern section of the Holmes Run Gorge at Dora Kelley Nature
Park in the City of Alexandria and upstream into the Fairfax County section
of the Gorge.
We will see many species of native trees and shrubs, including most of the
upland oaks and heaths. We will also see old-age White Oak, Northern Red
Oak, American Beech, Sweet Pignut Hickory, and Shortleaf Pine, as well as a
variety of plant communities. Sponsored by the Ford Nature Center. Program
is free. Please RSVP Jane Yeingst at 703.746.5559 or
Jane.Yeingst at alexandriava.gov.
Dora Kelley Nature Park, at the eastern end of the Holmes Run Gorge, is one
of Alexandria’s largest and most important natural areas, comprising a
unique assemblage and diversity of flora, natural communities, geologic
features, and wildlife. The scenic Holmes Run Gorge is one of the most
floristically and geologically diverse areas of northern Virginia and
comprises a large, deep stream valley that is regionally significant for its
massive bedrock exposures, sections of old-age forest, and uncommon to rare
See Remnant Natural Areas in Parks, Waterways, and Undeveloped Sites in the
City of Alexandria, Virginia: Beauregard Street Corridor at
http://alexandriava.gov/48838 for more on the flora and natural communities,
including uncommon to rare species, of Dora Kelley Nature Park and environs.
For further information on the geology of the park and vicinity, see
“Bedrock Geology of Holmes Run Gorge” in Plate 3: Bedrock Geology and
Topography Expanded Explanation, Fleming 2008, at
For ARMN members, this program will apply towards advanced training hours in
botany, dendrology, forest ecology, and geology.
Bring: Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water. Most of the
walk traverses rolling, fairly open forest along trails, though some steep
grades will occasionally be encountered.
*Field trip cancelled for pouring rain, but not for light rain or drizzle.
Directions: Shirley Highway (395) to King St. (Rt. 7) west exit. Gradually
move to the left lane after exiting and take a left onto Beauregard St. at
bottom of hill (Beauregard St. becomes Walter Reed Dr. at this intersection
at edge of City of Alexandria and Arlington County). Follow Beauregard St.
south and uphill past Seminary Rd. and downhill to Sanger Ave. Take a right
onto Sanger Ave. and continue a short distance to its end. Turn left into
the parking area (shared entrance with school) and proceed to parking lot at
woods edge and park. Meet at the Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave.
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