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Use this digital guide (PDF format) while trailside during this event to identify each flagged plant along our route.

Forensic Botanizing - Winter Plant Identification

Learn to identify a variety of trees, shrubs, vines and forbs in their winter slumber by using a digital guide on your mobile device during this guided nature walk.

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, Feb 25, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Address

Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood , 1-17 Middleline Road Ballston Lake, NY 12019

Cost

FREE ADMISSION

About this event

Learn to identify a variety of trees, shrubs, vines and forbs in their winter slumber by using a digital guide on your mobile device during this guided nature walk.

Without leaves or flowers, it can be a challenge to identify plants – particularly forbs – in a winter landscape.  The likely answer to the question, “What is that?”, is often revealed by observing any (and preferably more than one) of the following clues:

  • the color, texture, hairiness, and thickness of certain plant parts;
  • the scent of scraped bark or that of a crushed bud or fruit;
  • the plant’s branching or leaf pattern;
  • if present, any fruit such as nuts, berries, or seed pods; or
  • the habitat in which the plant is growing.

The trailhead parking area is located along the west side of Middleline Road, just north of its intersection with Route 50, and less than two miles north of the hamlet of Burnt Hills.  We’ll meet in the parking lot next to the trailhead kiosk.  We will stroll along the Red Maple Trail to Stonewall Trail to Connector Trail to Stonewall Trail, and then return to the parking lot via Hawkwood Trail (~1.3 miles roundtrip).  During our outing, participants will use my digital guide on their mobile device to identify selected plants as we find each numbered ribbon along the route.

Please wear proper footwear for ice/snow and, if possible, also wear a texting glove with a touchscreen fingertip to enable you to scroll through my digital guide while trailside.

Come along for a fun outing to search for and identify a variety of plants in their winter slumber.

NOTE:  If you wish to attend, you must register by sending an email to david.behm.curiousbynature@gmail.com.  Each registered participant will receive a reply with a link for you to download my Forensic Botanizing:  Winter Plant ID digital guide for your personal use trailside during this unique outing.

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