This past weekend I was looking in southern Dutchess county, right about where the USGS says there's supposed to be limestone bedrock. Checked a wooded area where I identified some (I think) elms and tulip trees, as well as a spot I identified via Google maps as an abandoned orchard. Too early still--no trillium blooming, no flowers on the apple trees, and skunk cabbage just popped, but I did see a couple false morels and devil's urn in the woods, so there's some mycelial activity going on.
A question for the group about elms. Given Dutch elm disease, will it be rare to find elms in the woods? Also, elms are supposed to be very broad-crowned, but as these were growing around other trees they seem to have gotten a lot taller than broad. From the bark and base of the trunk I believe these were elms, plus I checked out some dried leaves around the area, which looked like elm leaves (far as I could tell). Is there another species of tree that I'm possibly confusing for an elm here?