This fall the trees here at the Reserve were absolutely gorgeous with the deep reds, vibrant yellows, and fiery organges displayed in their leaves. As each leaf drops and fall turns to winter we are not as captivated by the trees but they still remain a significant feature in our landscape. Have you ever wondered how the trees maintain their identity after losing their leaves? Too often, we pass by and cannot identify one tree from another and just group them as “trees.”
Recently, the Reserve had the wonderful opportunity to partner with Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge to help folks appreciate the numerous tree species we have in Delaware by offering a winter tree identification program. Staff from both the Reserve and the Refuge demonstrated how to use identification skills and field guides to uncover the mystery of each tree’s identity. It provided the program participants an opportunity to explore areas of the Refuge and the Blackbird Creek Reserve to put their new found skills to the test. It is truly amazing to look closely at the beauty of the trees through their bark, twigs, buds, and leaf scars. Oh what a story they could tell if only they could speak. We hope you have an opportunity to go exploring this winter and look a little closer at your surroundings. You may be surprised by what you see.