The bloom is coming up of tens of millions of trout lilies at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve in Grady County. The Coastal Plain Chapter and others from GNPS are invited to join Georgia Botanical Society for a field trip February 13, 1-3 pm. For people who want to come at another time, the gate will be open throughout the bloom for self-guided tours. Schedules of guided tours, photos, and more info. are at www.wolfcreektroutlilypreserve.com. The schedules will be amended after February 2 and as changes are needed. Updates on the progress of the bloom will be posted at www.facebook.com/WolfCreekTroutLilyPreserve
Trip Leaders: Beth Grant and Ed McDowell
Description: The Wolf Creek Tract is a 140-acre preserve owned by Grady County, managed by local conservation organizations, and recognized as the greatest expanse – about 8 acres – of trout lilies (Erythronium umbilicatum) in the world. Mixed in with the trout lilies are spotted trillium and three orchid species, Southern Twayblade (Listera australis), Wister’s Coralroot (Corallorhiza wisteriana), and Crane Fly Orchid (Tipularia discolor). (Depending on our winter, the first two orchids may not have emerged.) These along with other early spring wildflowers and the surrounding rich mesic forest make this northeast-facing seep a botanical wonderland.
Facilities: None at the site.
Difficulty: The site will be damp with maybe standing water in a few places so bring appropriate footwear. Walking is easy.
Bring: Water, snacks, camera, hand lens, a hiking stick, and rain gear.
Contact: Beth Grant < email@example.com> 229 200 2564 for questions.