Despite the uninviting cool temps five members joined our leader Lelia Weinstein at Worlds End to try and learn a little about trees.
Lelia started with a handout for us all; while we knew the difference between conifers and deciduous trees, that is just about where our botanical knowledge ended, so the list of grouped names was most helpful.
We learned that Eastern Red Cedar or correctly using the Latin name Juniperus viginiana is the most common native conifer (and by the way everything south of the Canadian border was apparently named viginiana - north it would be canadiensis). The bark of the tree is used by squirrels for nest building.
At this time of the year it is easy to recognize the most common deciduous tree the Norway Maple or again using the proper name Acer plantanoides. The lime green stands out - even in the drizzle of late April