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Symbiotic Relationships

Symbiotic Relationships between species are common. On this short walk along the very scenic Savage Mill Trail, we will take a look at the American Beech Tree’s symbiotic relationships with Beechdrops, Beech Blight Aphids, and the fungus Scorias spongiosa as well as the mite Aceria ferruginea.

On the way back we will check out the trees along the river for large nests. If we are lucky, we might see a Bald Eagle carrying a stick and document this breeding activity in the Maryland/DC Breeding Bird Atlas. Maybe there will be Wood Ducks in the river, the possibilities are endless! 

Beech Blight Aphids © Sue Muller
Beech Blight Aphids © Sue Muller

Field Trip Details
Contact Sue Muller, sonicsusiee at gmail dot com, to register.
Thursday, November 10th, 2022
10am – Noon
Savage Mill Trail
8660 Foundry St
Laurel, MD 20723
Coordinates: 39.1342 N, 76.8250 W
Maximum number of participants
2 hours
Picnic tables are located along the trail and a port-a-pot on the trail is at the entrance. For more info, view here.
COVID-19 related protocols
None (outdoor event)
Trip leader notes
All participants should bring water, walking shoes, and weather-suitable clothing. Savage Mill Trail is 1-mile along the Little Patuxent River.
Parking is along Foundry street near the trailhead, or you could check out parking at the Historic Savage Mill Shopping Mall nearby.
Trip leader(s)
Sue Muller, sonicsusiee at gmail dot com

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