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Winter Tree ID with Jacqueline Courteau
Friday, Nov. 22, 1:00–4:00
The PSH 2019 season will conclude with a winter walk through the woods to celebrate Woody Plants in Winter. We’ll review key characters for recognizing at least a dozen common Michigan species by twigs, bark, and habitat. Let’s share the cues and mnemonics that work for each of us! We’ll also review a few of the common twig characters used in the Michigan Trees winter tree keys.
Meet at Barton Dam parking lot. We’ll hike through part of Bird Hills, then reconvene at the NEW Center 2nd floor South Conference room to review key characters to look for. Bring cookies to share and ideas for next year’s hikes. Paths may be muddy or icy (or both). Meet at Barton rain or shine, but in case of heavy rain, we may decide to head over to the NEW Center.
Jacqueline Courteau is a student and lover of trees, and always enjoys an opportunity to pass along knowledge that she gained from teaching Woody Plants under Burt Barnes and Herb Wagner (UM), and Trees and Shrubs for Gary Hannan (EMU). She earned a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of Michigan in 2005 and presently runs a small natural resources and ecology consulting business. She has researched and reported on oak and hickory regeneration, deer impacts, invasive species, and ecological assessment, monitoring, restoration and stewardship for city and county park organizations, the Huron River Watershed Council, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She also wrote overviews of more than 100 plant species (including dozens of tree species) for the Smithsonian Institution’s Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org). She is an avid squirreler of acorns and has propagated thousands of oak seedlings for research and planting in natural areas.