Winter ID—Appreciating Plants All Year Long

On November 28, 2018, the Natural History Society joined for a morning exploring Fort Worden with botanist Cheryl Lowe.

Identifying plants in the winter involves looking for different clues than at other times of year. These clues also give us an increased appreciation for things that we might not notice when flowers or fruits are so obvious. Bark patterns, bud scales, prickles or spines, branching patterns, or maybe a few lingering berries are the winter characteristics we notice now.

BInoculars, a hand lens, and a field guide all came in handy. Trails were in good shape, with some wet sections.

Lee at JLTnatural@saveland.org provided details about when and where to meet.