To many of us, even the names of twig structures are new. The US Forest Service drawing will help. A basic description is at this Virginia Tech site. Once you look carefully at a few twigs, you will be amazed at the differences you can find in buds and scars.
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There are a couple of ways you can approach this subject.
- The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s “Nature Journaling – Winter Tree Identification” program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday. Participants should dress for a short time outdoors. To register for this program or to find out about other Nature Center events, call 417-888-4237.
- There is a good key to get you started at VTree ID Twig Key. A list of twig characteristics is available at this MDC link. These will help with common native trees but to learn more including the smaller trees you will need a good resource such as Frances Main's Fifty Common Trees of Missouri, available at some MDC offices.
* Dr. Bowe will be presenting twig ID at the January 2013 Master Naturalist meeting.