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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Native Tree Identification

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April 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Visit https://alaudubon.org/event/2021-04-06/.Spring is an excellent time to learn to identify native trees by their leaves and flowers, branch and bark patterns, and site and soil preferences. Join Henry Hughes and Michelle Blackwood for this spring-focused class on native tree identification! Our class will begin just as leaves have fully emerged for the 2021 growing season. We will visit native forests in rural and urban settings through photographs taken by the instructors and will learn the common and scientific names of over sixty prevalent native tree species. An easy to use identification key, with verbal descriptions and line drawings, will be provided. The class will be organized around the beautiful new book Trees of Alabama by Lisa J. Samuelson and photographs by Michael E. Hogan, a 2020 University of Alabama Press Gosse Nature Guide.
Each class meeting covers a different aspect of tree identification for the beginner:
  • Day 1: Botanical names (families, genera, species); tree ID by leaves, buds, twigs, flowers, bark and branch patterns and habitat.
  • Day 2: Gymnosperms:  Pine Family (pines and hemlock) and Cypress Family (juniper and bald-cypress)
  • Day 3: Angiosperms: Sweetgum, Cashew, Ginseng, Birch, Hop, Dogwood, Ebony, Heath and Pea Families
  • Day 4: Angiosperms: Beech Family (chestnut, beech, red oaks and white oaks)
  • Day 5: Angiosperms: Walnut Family (walnut and hickories)
  • Day 6: Angiosperms: Laurel, Magnolia, Fig, Olive, Sycamore, Buckthorn, Rose and Willow Families
Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on six consecutive Tuesdays (4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, and 5/11), from 6–7 p.m. CDT.Cost: Your one-time registration fee of $60 covers all six meetings.*

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT Monday, April 5th, and space is limited.

*We understand there are economic barriers that many are facing during this time. If you would like to request financial assistance, please visit https://alaudubon.org/event/2021-04-06/.*


April 6, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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