First Thursday Botanizing Walk -Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

Note.  This walks starts at 9:30 a half hour earlier than our normal First Thursday Walks.

Solidago sempervirens (seaside-goldenrod) and Junonia-coenia (common buckeye butterfly)

In late summer the flora begins to change as asters and goldenrods bloom and seeds and fruits mature. Animals rely on many plants for food and shelter while many plants rely on animals for pollination and dispersal. At times the interactions get quite defensive. If you would like to sample the vast array of interactions in Rhode Island join us for an easy hike at Audubon’s Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge. In addition to our general botanizing along the way we will also examine plant-animal interactions. On established trails through fields and forests we will decipher how plants and animals struggle and cooperate in order to survive. Our leader this session is Scott Ruhren, Ph.D., Senior Director of Conservation, Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Directions:  From I-95 north or south take exit 5B (West Greenwich) onto Route 102 north.  Go about 5.5 miles on 102 north and look for entrance to the refuge on the right.  There is a parking lot but no bathroom facilities.

Level of Effort: Easy to moderate trail hike

This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details you should know about the walks in this series.