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Thread: 2012 ICPS Conference Field Trip Announcement

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    Here is the final version, please disregard any other posts in this thread


    Field Trip Group A.


    Field Trip Group A. will start in New England on Tuesday, August 14 and take the full day to tour local Carnivorous Plants in their natural habitats. Native Carnivorous Plants include Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea, Drosera rotundifolia, Drosera intermedia, and Utricularia spp.

    The next day, Wednesday August 15, the group will fly down to North Carolina. The theme of this trip will be the tenuous survival of the Venus Flytrap in the wild, with observations and discussions on the differences of the various habitats and the variety of the plants within them. We will also explore the man-made threats that pressure these plants and the uncertain future that they face.

    There will be Venus Flytraps in their native habitat at various different locations, including two locations managed by the Nature Conservancy that are normally closed to the public, the Green Swamp and the Boiling Springs area. These and the other locations will represent a broad overview of the Venus Flytrap’s increasingly pressured natural habitat range.

    There will also be numerous and spectacular Sarracenia, Drosera, Pinguicula and Utricularia to be seen at these locations as well.


    We will also have a visit to the beach for some sun & sand and a chance to view the nearby wetlands with Carnivorous Plants as well. Afterwards, a quick visit to a Civil War Fort and then continuing on to a scenic Ferry ride across Cape Fear River to pay homage and visit the Burial Grounds of Governor Arthur Dobbs, Mister Tippitiwitchet himself: http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq2880.html & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9ACl25asXs . We will then be stopping at Orton Pond to view Wild Alligators up close and personal, and finally onto the Boiling Springs area to visit more Carnivorous Plant locations and then to relax in the Town.


    Most of the sites are within a half-hour drive of each other, maximizing time in the field for observations, photography and just enjoying the scenery!
    The group will be staying at one hotel for the duration of the North Carolina trip, which will be four days and four nights. There will be rented vehicles driven by NECPS volunteers to transport the group.
    Precautions will be taken to alleviate the heat, insect and exhaustion risks involved. Water will be provided.



    Field Trip Group A. Costs:


    Hotel in New England- Not Included

    Tour Bus New England Bogs- Included

    Transportation to Airport- Included

    Flight to North Carolina- Not Included: Book reservations using Group code with Travel Agency to be provided

    Rental Vehicles in North Carolina (4 days)- Included

    2-Bed, Shared Hotel Rooms (4 nights)- Included

    Return trip home- Not Included

    Hot Breakfast Daily- Included

    Other Meals- Not Included

    Drinking Water during Field Excursions- Included


    Payment to NECPS: $440

    Estimated cost of Flight to North Carolina: $176 for One-Way Group-Rate
    Flight information will be provided for Round-Trip Flight for self-booking option

    Prices are subject to change at any time until the reservations are made. Then the prices will be locked.
    For any cost savings, participants will be refunded the difference. For any cost increases, participants will be billed the difference.
    At this time, we anticipate no unmanageable cost increases and expect to issue a modest refund.

    The Field Trip Registration Sign-Up and the Group-Rate Reservations for the Airline will begin April 30th and will close May 14th, full payment will be required upon Registration.
    After the Group Package closes, information will still be provided for interested individuals of the Flight, Hotel & Car Rental Company for people to make their own arrangements to meet the Group in Wilmington.
    There will be NO deviations of the main Group to accommodate any late-arrivals.

    See:http://www.necps.org/icps2012/fieldtripa.html
    for the registration page and scroll down to the bottom of the page for the PayPal link!

    This will be an enjoyable trip that will also be quite enlightening, with focus on the most famous and classic member of all the Carnivorous Plants: The Venus Flytrap!!
    We hope that you can join us!

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    Another update:

    Tim Bailey, Chairman and Publications Editor of The Carnivorous Plant Society, who is also the Author of the most comprehensive look at the Venus Flytrap titled Miraculum Naturae - Venus's Flytrap, will be joining the Group in North Carolina to contribute his knowledge and observations to the Field Trip.

    The deadline for registration is Monday, so sign up soon!

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    The Group B trips have been shaping up and are pretty much good to go!
    I don't have the complete information, but it's basically this:

    The NECPS will start with a bus-trip to Cape Cod to see D. Filiformis & S. Purpurea in fantastic coastal locations!

    On the following days, there’ll be:

    Trips to a spectacular Mountain Roadside Bog filled with S. Purpurea and a also floating sphagnum mat bog with beautifully colored S. Purpurea and then onto Mike and Rich's where there will be a BBQ and Pot-Luck luncheon!

    Then the next day, a visit to the greenhouses of UCONN maintained by Dr. Matt Opel to see their extensive Carnivorous Plant collection, then a visit to a local Connecticut bog with S. Purpurea and then a visit to Logee’s old-timey Greenhouse.

    The Field Trip A to North Carolina is now closed.... but if you do want to attend, contact me and I will provide the hotel information for you to make your own arrangements!

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    The Group B trips are ready!

    The cost will be $40 per day for just transportation. Meals and accommodations will be the responsibility of the participants.
    Feel free to attend just one day, two days or all three! It’s completely your choice! We leave from the Conference Center Parking Lot every morning at 9am.


    On the day after the Conference ends, on Tuesday August 14th, the NECPS will provide a bus-trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for visits to a couple of old, abandoned Commercial Cranberry Bogs in Brewster and Harwich to see native Drosera Filiformis & Drosera Intermedia in fantastic coastal locations! We’ll be stopping for lunch in between and will also visit some scenic locations like the Cape Cod canal overlook for a bit of New England sightseeing.



    On Wednesday, August 15th, it’ll be time to board the bus again for a trip up to northern Massachusetts to a spectacular Mountain Roadside Bog filled with Sphagnum and Sarracenia Purpurea and onto another location with a floating Sphagnum mat bog containing beautifully colored Sarracenia Purpurea. We will continue onto the Black Jungle store where there will be a BBQ and Pot-Luck luncheon at their greenhouses!

    Black Jungle: http://www.***********terrariumsuppl...nt&thread=1161



    Then the next day, on Thursday August 16th, everyone will board the bus again for a visit to the greenhouses of the University of Connecticut maintained by Dr. Matt Opel to see their extensive Carnivorous Plant collection, then a visit to a local Connecticut bog with wild Sarracenia Purpurea and afterwards a visit to Logee’s Greenhouse for a tour of the famous, New England nursery with an extensive private-collection of Carnivorous Plants, Bonsai, Orchids, Fruit Trees and all sorts of exotic and fantastic plants.

    UCONN: http://florawww.eeb.uconn.edu/carnplants.html

    Sarracenia Purpurea bog: http://burgersonion.blogspot.com/200...and-marsh.html

    Logee’s Greenhouse: http://www.logees.com/

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