Biologist to discuss trees, shrubs at Rice Creek Reflections event

Dr. James Seago of SUNY Oswego’s biological sciences department will illustrate common and unusual trees, shrubs and vines found in and around Oswego at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Rice Creek Field Station.

The program is part of the Rice Creek Reflections series sponsored by Rice Creek Associates.

The Oswego area has an extensive array of trees, shrubs and vines, Seago said, in part because it is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, where the climate is slightly milder than several miles inland, and in part because the Oswego port served as a site of entry of plants from overseas, especially after wars and during the era when Oswego was a major port.

Seago will discuss two major groups of woody plants: the gymnosperms (softwoods with seeds in cones) and the angiosperms (hardwoods or flowering plants with seeds in fruits).

Rice Creek Field Station is located on Thompson Road in the town of Oswego, about a mile south of Route 104 and the main SUNY Oswego campus. It includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to forests.

The field station accommodates the general public and serves as a center for college courses and research. Trails are open every day from dawn to dusk. The research building is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Rice Creek Associates is a support group that endeavors to expand the scientific, educational and recreational opportunities at Rice Creek Field Station through community involvement. Over the years it has funded improvement projects that benefit the station and the community at large.

For more information about the college’s Rice Creek Field Station and Rice Creek Associates, see http://www.oswego.edu/ricecreek or call 216-6877.


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(Posted: Sep 09, 2009)

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