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Audubon set to offer tree class

By Staff | Feb 3, 2012

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a winter tree-identification field trip along the C&O Canal across from Shepherdstown the morning of Saturday, Feb. 18.

West Virginia state forester Herb Peddicord will lead the trip. He will show 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 parking lot of Ferry Hill Place, the old brick mansion on the Maryland side of the Potomac River that used to be the C&O Canal Park headquarters. The entrance is on MD Route 34 just east of the Rumsey Bridge across the Potomac.

There is no fee and anyone with an interest is invited to attend.

Pre-registration is recommended but not required; to pre-register or for more information contact Kelly Wolf at kheldreth@hotmail.com or 304-229-6229.

In case of inclement on the day of the trip, call Ms. Wolf to make sure the trip is still on. If the trip is snowed out, it will be rescheduled to Feb. 25.

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

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.