Halle Ravine

May 20 Guided Hike at Halle Ravine, 2pm

Please register ahead for this popular hike in one of Pound Ridge Land Conservancy’s best-loved preserves, the Halle Ravine.  This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Halle Ravine’s preservation as a cultural and natural history landmark in Pound Ridge.  Learn what steps we have taken to protect this rare, old-growth forest grove for future generations and how you can support those efforts.  Bring your children or grandchildren – all ages are welcome and will find joy and inspiration on our hike.  Expect to see frogs, turtles, birds, and very large trees. RSVP with Krista at landsteward.educator@prlc.net or 914-205-3533.  

 

 

May 5, 2018 Volunteer Work Session at Halle Ravine, 10am to noon

Old and new volunteers will enjoy working in this beautiful nature preserve on any number of projects we have lined up for this season.  Tree fall took it toll on bridges, trails, and benches late this winter and repairs will continue into May.  We also need volunteers to help maintain forest and watershed health by removing invasive species in an emerging canopy gap off-trail in the preserve.  Participants can learn to identify native vs. non-native invasive species, and how to manage them, and will see and hear birds, frogs, and other signs of Spring.  All ages are welcome.  Parking is available at the preserve entrance on Trinity Pass near the intersection with Donbrook Road.  Please plan to arrive by 10am or find us along the trail.  Please direct questions to Krista at landsteward.educator@prlc.net or call 914-205-3533.

Mushrooms of Halle Ravine

This collection of photographs depicts mushrooms found in Halle Ravine in the last few fall seasons and is a good primer for what we can expect to see on our guided walk on September 24.  Registration for that event is filling quickly so please contact Krista by email or by phone (914-205-3533) to register or to cancel and make room for another person to join us.

We have encountered dry weather conditions in most years and therefore find mainly bracket fungi, which are supported by the moisture held in wood.  For the difficult to distinguish species, I include several instructive photos from Richard Nadon and others from MushroomExpert.com.

Halle Ravine is a nature preserve protected by the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy and is open for hiking every day from dawn to dusk.  Foraging or collection of any form of wildlife is generally prohibited in the Preserve.  Trail maps and more information are available at www.prlc.net/preserves.

Armillaria solidipes

Flammulina velutipes, Velvet stalk

Leucopaxillus albissimus

Pluteus cervinus

Russula emetica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cerrena unicolor

Lenzites betulina

Stereum ostrea

Trametes hirsutum

Tyromyces chioneus

Pleurotus ostreatus, oyster

Postia fragilis

Postia caesia

Fomes fomentarius

Ganoderma lucidum, Reishi

Ganoderma lucidum, Reishi

Polyporus varius

Phyllotopsis nidulans

 

King Alfred's cakes

King Alfred’s cakes

Nectria cinnabarina

Nectria cinnabarina

 

 

Scutellinia scutellata, eyelash fungus

Scutellinia scutellata, eyelash fungus

 

 

 

Xylaria, dead man's fingers

Xylaria, dead man’s fingers

 

 

 

 

Dacrymyces palmatus, Witches butter

Dacrymyces palmatus, Witches butter

Otidea auricula

 

Mutinus canis

 

 

 

 

 

Calvatia excipuliformis

Scleroderma

Volunteers Remove Old Bridges from Halle Ravine

Sixteen people attended our end-of-year Saturday morning work session at Halle Ravine and helped to remove old bridges from deep in the Preserve.  Students and seniors, mothers, and dads all carried out boards and even one entire bridge, as shown in this video.  Together we are stronger!  We leave the forest, stream, and trails in better shape after much work in Halle Ravine in 2016.   Projects are ongoing to control invasive species around the pond, with planting planned for this Spring.  We also plan to replace the decking on one or more bridges next year.  Be in touch to lend a hand!

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