See pitcher plants, cranberries & more on tour of bog

Date(s) - Saturday, Oct 11, 2014
7:30 am

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


Pitcher plants, sundews, cranberries: these plants don’t grow just anywhere. They need the special conditions that can be provided only by a bog.

Nature photographer Gary Cuckler will lead an Audubon Center & Sanctuary field trip on an exploration of a floating bog, the Allenburg Bog, on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Participants will meet and travel by van or carpool to the bog. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Rd., Jamestown, or at 8 a.m. at the R&M Restaurant, 265 Main St., Randolph.

Known to some as Waterman’s Swamp, Congdon’s Pond or Owlenburg Bog, Allenberg Bog is located on the border of the towns of Napoli and New Albion in Cattaraugus County. This unique and fascinating 390-acre refuge is a jewel of the Buffalo Audubon Preserve System.

The area is long famous among botanists for its wild orchids, more than 30 species of liverworts, nearly 60 species of mosses, and approximately 258 species of vascular plants, providing the visitor the chance to see a very unusual habitat.

The outing is planned for peak fall foliage time.

Dress for the weather and wear shoes or boots that can get seriously mucky and wet. Consider bringing insect repellent, a hat, camera, water, and a snack.

Participation is limited to 15.

The cost is $28 for the public or $21 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, Oct. 6. Call (716) 569-2345 or use the on-line form by clicking through “Bucket List: Bog Trip.”