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The Naturalist’s Eye
By Marcia Bonta

A Wild Resource Festival
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hunder rumBLed ominously as my husband, Bruce, and I rushed to join dr. Jim Bissell on a “dune Walk” at Presque Isle State Park. under a lowering sky spitting rain, we waited anxiously at Beach 10 Parking Area. Cars pulled in and out, but no one arrived for the 10 a.m. field trip. Then Bissell drove up, leaping from his truck with his storied enthusiasm. A few minutes later, one other person joined us. She was a native of the erie area and was as eager as we were to learn more about the plants from a renowned expert. undeterred by the weather or scarcity of participants, Bissell, who is Curator of Botany and Coordinator of natural Areas at the Cleveland museum of natural history, launched into what turned out to be a 2-hour mini-course on the dune and sand plain plants of the park. Since 1984 he has been researching and mapping the flora of Presque Isle State Park and has found 80 Pennsylvania rare, threatened or endangered plants there. “You can barely go anywhere without finding a rare species,” he told us. And sure enough, we barely moved from one area, yet he showed us several rare and interesting plants. The major dune builder now is American beachgrass, a Pennsylvania threatened species that is endemic to the Great Lakes — ammophila breviligulata ssp.champlainensis — although some botanists consider it a distinct species and call it a. champlainensis. Originally native to the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Champlain, the breakwaters erected on the western side of Presque Isle to protect the beaches created larger dunes and greatly increased American beachgrass at the park, Bissell said. This species differs from the Atlantic coast species because it blooms in late June and produces much longer spikes in late August and early September. Its undisputed genus name, ammophila, is Greek for “sand lover” and usually grows on the first line of coastal sand dunes. Its creeping rhizomes spread rapidly and, thus, it can flourish on shifting sands and withstand high winds. Another plant Bissell showed us was coastal little bluestem or seaside bluestem schizachyrium scoparium var. littorale, which in Pennsylvania grows only at Presque Isle State
JIM BISSELL, who is Curator of Botany and Coordinator of Natural Areas at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, points out dune grasses on Presque Isle.

Bruce Bonta

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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Long Hollow Gobbler
Oh What a Summer
Grandpa’s Last Hunt
Become an HTE Instructor?
Ready for Reds
The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
Overcoming a Jinx
The 28th Class
The Last Day
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Long Hollow Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Oh What a Summer
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Grandpa’s Last Hunt
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Become an HTE Instructor?
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Ready for Reds
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Overcoming a Jinx
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The 28th Class
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Last Day
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