Come join Rich Grumbine, Putney resident and biology faculty at Landmark College, for a stroll on and around the trails toward the Putney Mountain summit. 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 a 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 dichotomous key guides and hand lenses.
We will need to be standing around to do some of this investigation, so please dress warmly. Meet in summit parking lot on Putney Mountain Road.