Learn How to Identify Michigan Trees in the Winter

Many of us can identify a maple or oak tree by looking at its leaves. But what about in the winter months when all the leaves are gone?

At the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s Winter Tree Identification Workshop, participants will join Dr. Danielle Zoellner for a winter hike on the Sanctuary’s trails, and learn how to identify common Michigan woody species like trees and shrubs, using growth form, bark and twigs. After the hike, everyone will enjoy warm beverages together. Informational materials will be provided.

“The Winter Tree Identification Workshop is a lot of fun for nature enthusiasts because participants learn that we have some trees and shrubs that are green all year while others are not. You just need a few key characteristics of the bark and twigs to ID them correctly,” according to Zoellner, the workshop instructor.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 9, from 1 – 4 p.m. Registration is required a week in advance of the workshop. The cost of participation is $25 for Sanctuary members, and $35 for non-members. An alternate date in case of extreme weather is February 16.

The Bird Sanctuary is located at 12685 East C Ave, in Augusta. To learn more, visit, email, or call (269)671-2510.

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is part of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. As MSU’s largest off-campus educational complex, we’ve put our land-grant values into practice for nearly a hundred years as we’ve delivered groundbreaking scientific research and education, community engagement, and historic preservation. As we look forward, our students, staff and faculty are working to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow.

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