The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Massachusetts and Vermont, 2006

The Trip:
In the fall of 2006, I had business travel to the eastern part of New York state. Autumn in the eastern hardwood forests of the USA translates to spectacular fall foliage, so I decided to spend a few extra vacation days "leaf peeping." The best leaves to peep at are carnivorous, so I researched suitable carnivorous plant locations.

I only had two days to play, so I had to make tough choices. After a lot of research, I settled upon two sites in Massachusetts and one in Vermont.

The two Massachusetts sites were both managed (at least in part) by The Nature Conservancy. The first site was a calcareous fen with a nearly neutral pH. The second site was a classic quaking Sphagnum bog. Both reportedly had Sarracenia, Drosera, and Utricularia, and I expected an interesting contrast between the two.

Both of these sites were drive-up locations, with no hiking or real exploration needed to find them. As I was in the mood for something challenging, I continued my pre-trip research and looked for something more difficult to reach. I discovered an old reference to a remote Vermont pond that sounded promising. More research indicated that it was an isolated, difficult-to-reach Sarracenia bog that was, at least a few decades ago, in excellent condition. Hiking trails approached within a few km of the site, but after that would require bushwhacking. This sounded excellent!

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