As winter approaches, tree identification can pose many problems to those of us who typically rely on flowers, fruits, and foliage for clues.
Fortunately, trees don’t completely disappear during the coldest months, and although their winter outfits may conceal several diagnostic features, dormant trees still offer us a few critical pieces of information.
Take smell, for instance.
Many trees produce unique aromas and odors that can be detected when we scratch their fresh twigs. These aromas will oftentimes lead us to a positive identification when other features fail to do so.
Unlike deciduous trees in my neck of the woods, many creatures do not go dormant during the winter season. I recently encountered this semi-aquatic animal while I was exploring the bank of a swift stream. Are you familiar with this carnivore? Check out the most recent Instagram post to learn more.Click to view post
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