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Winter tree identification field trip

By Staff | Dec 15, 2017

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a winter tree identification field trip along the C&O Canal across from Shepherdstown on Dec. 30

Larry Stritch, a retired U.S. Forest Service botanist, will lead the trip. He’ll demonstrate how to identify trees through such clues as their branching habits and overall shape, twigs and buds, and bark.

Participants will meet at 10 a.m. in the large C& O Canal parking lot on Canal Road, 3/10 of a mile south of the Shepherdstown/Sharpsburg bridge and just south of the railroad bridge. Because parking there is limited, carpooling is encouraged.

The trip will last about two hours, and involve about two miles of walking over even ground.

There will be no fee, and anyone interested is invited to attend. This is intended as a family-friendly event, and children are welcome. However, space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register and for more information, go to www.potomacaudubon.org, or contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

If there has been a major snow the day before or the weather is especially inclement on the day of the trip, it will be rescheduled.

Those who participate should be sure to dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear.