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Learn how to identify trees in winter

By Staff | Mar 4, 2013

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, March 16

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. However, space will be limited and pre-registration is essential. To pre-register or get more information go to the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Kelly Wolf at kheldreth@hotmail.com or 304-229-6229.

The total time of the trip will be about two hours.

If there has been a major snow the day before or the weather is especially inclement on the day of the trip, call Ms. Wolf to make sure the trip is still on.

If the trip has to be canceled because of weather, it will be rescheduled to March 23.

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