September 19th, 2015. Concourse Lake. West Fairmount Park . List of species

Asclepias incarnata in seed
Polygonum pensilvanicum, pinkweed
Betula nigra, river birch
Bidens frondosa, beggar’s ticks
Amelanchier canadensis, Serviceberry
Tridens flavus, Purpletop
Setaria faberi, giant foxtail
Lythrum salicaria, purple loosestrife (much had been sprayed, some in flower)
Ludwigia alternifolia, marsh seedbox –flowering
Commelina communis, Asiatic dayflower
Boehmeria cylindrica, false nettle
Butorides virescens, green heron
Lithobates catesbeianus, Bullfrog
Sagittaria latifolia, arrowhead
Eupatorium serotinum, late boneset
Panicum virgatum, switchgrass
Avena sativa, Oats
Cyperus esculentus, chufa
Lotus corniculatus, bird’s-foot trefoil……blooms
Columba livia domestica, Homing Pigeon
Phytolacca americana, pokeweed
Cephalanthus occidentalis, buttonbush
Polygonum convolvulus, Wild Buckwheat
Typha latifolia, common cattail
Quercus palustris, pin oak
Cercis canadensis, redbud
Solidago gigantea , late goldenrod
Rhus typhina, staghorn sumac
Megacyllene robiniae, Locust Borer
Robinia pseudoacacia, black locust
Erechtites hieraciifolius, fireweed
Clematis terniflora, sweet autumn clematis
Rhus aromatica, fragrant sumac
Polygonum perfoliatum, tearthumb (fruit)
Scirpus sp. bulrush
Saururus cernuus, lizard’s tail
Microstegium vimineum, stilt grass
Quercus bicolor, swamp white oak, seedling
Ducks – Mallards


A few photos from a walk at Concourse Lake, September 19th, 2015 thanks to Isabelle Dijols, photographer


Nympaea odorata, Fragrant Water Lily in bloom


  botanist David Hewitt and assembled naturalists


  Magnolia virginiana, Sweetbay Magnolia with ripe seeds


The Concourse Lake


Butorides virescens hunting for brunch


Eupatorium serotinum, Late Boneset



An Emerald Moth flew to my blacklight at Concourse Lake at 10:00 pm. It was either Synchlora aerata, Wavy Lined Emerald, or it was Synchlora frondaria, Southern Emerald. The moon is Waning Gibbous 76% illuminated , it is hot, humid and overcast.

moth - emerald

Event July 12th 2015

July 12th 8 -11 pm Science in the Park – Moths to Light
Celebrate National Moth Week! Come see what moths are living in West Fairmount Park. The diversity and beauty of these creatures may surprise you! We will attract moths to blacklight and sugar. We will also be looking for bats, fireflies, and other night time creatures! We will be joined by entomologist Ken Frank. Meet at Concourse Lake at Concourse St. and Belmont Ave. (rain date Monday, July 13)
Questions? Contact M.Katz at Look for field trip results and other related information to be published at and

Photos of Field Trip to West Park by Ken Frank 5/23/15

Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged blackbird

Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

belmont and concourse

Belmont Avenue and Concourse Street

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Storeria dekayi, subspecies S.d. dekayi, or northern brown snake.

Branta candadensis (Canada goose)

Canada goose (Branta candadensis)

Bulbous buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus)

Bulbous buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus)

Iris versicolor (Blue Flag)

Blue flag (Iris versicolor)

Lotus corniculatus (bird's-foot trefoil)

Bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Nymphaea odorata (fragrant water lily)

Fragrant water lilly (Nymphaea odorata)

Red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris) and sliders (red-eared and yellow-bellied, Trachemys scripta elegans and Trachemys scripta scripta)

(Red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris) and sliders (red-eared and yellow-bellied, Trachemys scripta elegans and Trachemys scripta scripta)

Snake skin

Snake skin