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Hogback Community College TREE IDENTIFICATION IN THE HOGBACK ECOREGION
Whether you are managing land, cutting firewood, searching for wildlife, or just enjoying the beauty and diversity of trees, being able to identify trees is both useful and fun. It also fosters greater understanding of our local biodiversity, ecology, and improved stewardship of our local landscapes. This course will introduce you to year-round tree identification.
This course is intended as an introduction for beginners or those willing to share their skills and enthusiasm with beginners. You will learn to recognize some of the basic characteristics of bark, tree form, twigs, buds, leaves, fruit, and habitat to consider when trying to identify native trees in their natural settings. You’ll become familiar with the common names of many of the more widespread species and will be introduced to some of the excellent resources available to help you continue to develop skills on your own.
We will spend four Saturday mornings (with Sunday raind-dates) traveling by foot in four local woodlands from the Lake Champlain Basin to the Appalachian Gap, identifying and discussing trees. We will begin with two walks in the winter to examine bark, form, habitat, twigs, and buds and follow that with two walks when the trees have their leaves. Excursions will be relaxed and slow, but on and off trail. In between meetings you will have species sheets to complete—which serve as a vehicle for learning more about the natural history and biology of the species that we are observing. You will also be asked to get out on your own between class meetings and keep a list of the tree species you see, along with their key field marks.
About the Instructor
Jim Andrews is a full time herpetologist and conservationist with a life-long recreational and professional interest in the natural history and identification of trees. He has lead tree identification field trips in Vermont for a variety of organizations. He teaches herpetology and field ornithology as an adjunct professor at UVM and performs biological surveys of many taxonomic groups as a private consultant. His goal is to create enjoyable and interesting field experiences through which the teacher and students can learn together and as a result, become better stewards of our environment.
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