We all love going out into our parks and wilderness areas with field guides to identify the buds, blossoms, leaves and berries of local trees and shrubs, but how do we identify those seemingly lifeless branches in the middle of winter?
On January 9, 2016, the Natural History Society met for an investigation of winter twigs and to learn ways to identify trees and shrubs when they are in their dormant period.
Our guide, Cheryl Lowe, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and Beach Watchers Coordinator, led us on a winter walk to learn about woody plants in their dormant period.
This was a short walk of about two miles over uneven terrain. We suggested: layers, sturdy boots, binoculars, cameras, and field guides.
Chris at JLTnatural@saveland.org was the contact for further information.