Sunday, December 17, 2017

Field Guides for Winter Nature Walks


Garden ID

stocking stuffers for nature lovers

One of the most helpful books I own is, Winter Tree Finder by May Theilgaard Watts, purchased at the Grand Teton Bookshop (for $1.60 per the sticker on the back), when I lived in Wyoming. The book is only used to identify deciduous trees in the winter. Ms. Watts has another more encompassing tree identification book, Tree Finder which includes evergreen tree identification. The books are field guides but are very helpful to peruse for a dendrology initiate. The book covers the United States and Canadian geographic areas east of the Rocky Mountains. 

So, you want to find Chestnuts to roast on an open fire turn to page 29 and you will find the most likely area to find native Chestnut trees. The author has illustrated the book with line drawings and coded the trees with simple graphics to quickly identify  trees by looking at the twigs, buds, fruits, and other features. She explains the structure of the twigs and shows the habitat and range of the native trees.

Basswood (Tilia) in Winter
 A cluster of seeds on a deciduous tree.
The tiny fruit, looking like peas, always hang attached to a ribbon-like bract, whose use seems to be to launch the ripened seed-clusters just a little beyond the parent tree. 

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