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Identifying Trees in Winter

December 3rd, 1-3 p.m. Meet promptly at the Putney Mountain main trailhead parking lot.
Come join Rich Grumbine, Putney resident and biology faculty at Landmark College, for a stroll on and around the trails toward the summit of Putney Mountain. Our focus will be using a dichotomous key as a tool to identify trees in their winter garb. While trees are easier to identify by their leaves in the growing season, it is possible (and quite enjoyable) to learn tree identities through their twigs and buds only. With the help of the dichotomous key, and some knowledge of terminology, we will look carefully at the distinctive features of the species encountered on the ridge with the goal of identifying them on our own.
Rich will have on hand many copies of his soon to be self-published dichotomous key guide, and some hand lenses. We will need to be standing around to do some of this investigation, so please dress warmly.