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Winter Tree Identification Workshop
February 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Presented in partnership with Feral Foraging
Learning to identify trees in the wintertime when there are no fresh leaves to utilize can be difficult at first, but is a pivotal skill that will open your eyes to a whole new world of details in the forest. Watching someone pick up a twig and then correctly proclaim the identity of a tree may seem like magic at first, but it is actually just a system of details that you can learn too!
This course will provide you with the fundamental skills to confidently identity trees in the wintertime and comprises two sections: class lecture and fieldwork. The two topics that will be covered are bark and twig/bud identification. Each topic will begin with a lecture followed by field study to solidify your new knowledge!
The program includes:
- 2 hours – Instructional Presentations
- 2 hours – Field Learning
- 1 hour – Independent Guided Study
In addition to the foundational knowledge of bark and twig/bud identification, we will also study the details of 15 of the most common trees in North Alabama and the surrounding area. Common trees covered in the course:
- Maple – Acer spp.
- Hickory – Carya spp.
- Oak – Quercus spp.
- Tulip Tree – Liriodendron tulipifera
- Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana
- Beech – Fagus grandifolia
- Ash – Fraxinus spp.
- Buckeye – Aesculus spp.
- Black Locust – Robinia pseudoacacia
- Sassafras – Sassafras albidum
- Black Cherry – Prunus serotina
- Sweetgum – Liquidambar styraciflua
- Elm – Ulmus spp.
- Redbud – Cercis canadensis
- Sugarberry – Celtis laevigata
You will walk away from the course with: a handout on the 15 common trees of Alabama and their corresponding details, a handout for taking field notes on bark/buds, the confidence to know how to identify trees in the wintertime!
Cost: $60, $45 for LT members at the Trailblazer Level ($50) or above only
Rain Date: February 6 – An email notification will be sent to all registrants by 7:30 am on February 5.