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Date(s) - 06/18/2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve


Invasive Species

Speakers: John Hayes – Post-Gazette, Outdoors Editor.


Summary: John Hayes grew up in the suburbs east of Pittsburgh in a rural culture steeped in fishing, hunting, camping and hiking. Since 1980 he’s covered news, features, entertainment and outdoors for local newspapers and magazines, served as editor of Pittsburgh City Paper and was hired by the Post-Gazette in 2000. He’s been the paper’s outdoors editor since 2007.

Often called “rock snot” because of its phlegmy appearance, didymo (Didymosphenia geminata) is a coldwater algae native to Southern Canada and Northern Europe. Invasive on the waterways of more southerly climates, it grows into thick blooms that are not dangerous to humans but interfere in recreational use of waterways. Didymo entered Southwest Pennsylvania at Ohiopyle in 2012.

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We request that no one hunts a walk or foray location for at least two weeks prior to a walk or foray. It is only through your cooperation that we can have successful walks and forays. All walks & forays will be held rain or shine. Come 15-30 min early and socialize. All walks start on time, so be early, if you are late we will already be in the woods. If you are a club member and have already joined our Facebook Group you can find last minute additions or changes there.