Hikes, outings

Winter ID—Appreciating Plants All Year Long

Join the Natural History Society on Wednesday, November 28, 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. Please bring your binoculars and a hand lens, as well as a field guide, if you have them. Trails are in good shape, but there may be some wet sections.

RSVP to Lee at JLTnatural@saveland.org and she will provide details about when and where to meet.

Rain doesn’t stop intrepid naturalists from looking for insects at Gibbs Lake in September 2018.

Northern shovelers

Gray jay

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