Let's Talk Trees: Winter Tree Identification 101
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About the Event
As COVID-19 continues to restrict our travels, it also affords us the opportunity to notice and better appreciate things closer to home. When we think about Fredericton, trees come to mind almost immediately, and almost all of the species of trees that are native to New Brunswick can be readily found here. Identifying trees in winter can be challenging since many species, other than the evergreens, have lost their leaves and leaf shape is the easiest identifying feature. Liven up your winter by learning how to identify our native species of trees by additional features, including general shape, bark, buds, fruit, habitat, and even diseases. The first of two identification sessions will focus mainly on trees that produce cones, and a few distinctive tree species that do not. Identification of the remaining species will follow in a second session on March 8th, 2021.
Dr. James Goltz is a Fredericton area naturalist who has a deep passion for nature and conservation. He has been studying the plants of New Brunswick for over 35 years. “For such a small province, New Brunswick has an incredibly rich biodiversity with many natural history wonders worthy of protection and global recognition,” says Jim. “Soon after I moved here in the mid-1980s, I fell in love with the province, especially the beautiful river valleys, magnificent forests, spectacular wetlands and diverse coastlines, and the many wild plants and animals that reside here.” A dedicated volunteer for the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, Jim has led nature walks, stewarded nature preserves by monitoring rare species of flora and fauna, and provided advice regarding species identification and management activities. In 2017, he was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award of Excellence in Land Conservation.
CONTEST: Submit a photograph and a brief story about a tree that was important in your life to enter a draw for a free copy of David Palmer and Tracy Glynn, The Great Trees of New Brunswick 2nd ed. (Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, 2019). Trees Matter Fredericton gratefully acknowledges CCNB’s donation of a copy of this bestselling guide to the trees of the Acadian forest.
Submit entries by Feb 21, 2021 to TreesMatterFredericton@gmail.com. Selected entries may be posted on the TMF Facebook page or website. The winner’s name will be drawn on February 22 at the end of David Palmer’s tree talk.