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Winter Woodies of Waterloo

Join Neal and Robert for a winter woody plants foray into the forests and bogs of Waterloo.  We will explore upland Oak-Hickory type forest and the Cedar Lake bog.  Along the way we will see tuliptree and yellow birch on the eskers, a few ericads down in the bog. 

There will be a brief introduction focusing on the origins of this glacial landscape, and a short primer on woody plant identification.  We’ll examine both deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, and vines.  We will distinguish terminal buds from false terminal buds, and give particular attention to bud scars, lenticels, and piths.  We’ll need to keep a sharp eye out for persistent fruits!

The walk will encompass a couple of miles of flat to rolling terrain.  Meet inside the Gerald E. Eddy Geology Center at Waterloo State Recreation Area 17030 Bush Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118(ph: 734-475-3170).