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  • Winter Tree ID Hike

    KELT Offers Guided Walk for Budding Botanists!

    Winter Tree ID Packet (click for PDF download)

    Please note the images used in glossary are by Dorcas Miller and from Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.

    When: Saturday, February 16 @ 9-11am

    Where: Thorne Head Preserve in Bath

    Reveal your inner botanist! KELT is offering a free Winter Tree Identification walk in celebration of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

    How do you identify a tree if it has no leaves? With a little experience you can learn to use the clues of twigs, branch structure, and bark to figure out the trees of the forest, even without characteristic foliage.

    Participants will learn to recognize these winter tree hints and master a simple dichotomous key- a common identification tool used by experienced botanists. KELT staff member Chris Cabot will lead participants and share the knowledge he gained through years of walking in the woods of New England.

    Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, started in spring 2012, is an array outdoor events across Maine on February 15-17. Its goal is to promote connection with the natural world, fun and physical activity, and good health.

    Dress with warm outerwear and footwear, snowshoes are encouraged if conditions are appropriate. In the event of bad weather and poor driving conditions, the event will be rescheduled. To get to Thorne Head Preserve from downtown Bath, go north on High Street which dead ends into the parking lot of the preserve.

    Reservations are encouraged for this free program and all ages are welcome. Please contact Becky Kolak 442-8400 or bkolak@kennebecestuary.org to sign up.

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