Winter unmasks nature, revealing our local woody trees in their most skeletal form. Participants learned that while leaves have mostly fallen from our deciduous trees, there are many other reliable ways to identify trees in winter by observing the bare bones of plants – branching structure, bark, buds and leaf scars. Tree Steward Emily Ferguson especially emphasized bark as a way to identify our winter trees. The first hour was spent indoors going over what to look for to identify a tree in winter, then we went outside to apply what we had learned. Emily will offer her free class on Tree Identification in Spring on Saturday, April 11 at 9:30 at the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s Education Center. Visit our calendar to register when the course is posted.