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Dad’s list of trees

17 Aug

Below is a list of trees on the cottage property that Dad made some time ago.  My task now is to locate and re-identify them and map their locations on a property map.  Maybe I’ll even find a few new species.   I think it would be fun to set up a “species treasure hunt” when the family is at the cottage.  Give each team a list of trees or plants to find and bring back a leaf from each species.  Offer a good prize to make it worth winning – an itunes card?  Yikes – I think I’m turning into my father…I’m a nature geek too!

Trees are an important part of our biodiversity. A healthy natural environment supports many different kinds of plants and animals. Trees provide shelter, food and habitat for a huge variety of mammals, birds, insects, plants and even helpful bacteria.

DAD’S LIST OF TREES

SUGAR MAPLE SPECKLED ALDER EASTERN HEMLOCK
RED MAPLE WHITE ? WILLOW WHITE BIRCH
SILVER MAPLE PIN CHERRY AMERICAN BASSWOOD
STRIPPED MAPLE STAGHORN SUMAC IRONWOOD
MOUNTAIN MAPLE ROUNDLEAF DOGWOOD RED OAK
WHITE PINE RED ASH BLACK CHERRY
RED PINE/NORWAY PINE WHITE ASH BIG TOOTH ASPEN
WHITE SPRUCE BEECH SERVICEBERRY
EASTERN WHITE CEDAR
 
BALSAM FIR
 

 Here’s the American Basswood, seen them somewhere on the property …?

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Some special maps

8 Aug

Here are a couple of maps made by Dad.  OK, so the image is a bit poor and they are actually burned at the edges (the house fire?) but when I look at them I can just imagine all the hours Dad must have poured over his beloved topo maps and aerial photos and then I see him put on his rubber boots, his binoculars and head off into the woods and swamps to make a detailed map of the property.  Quite a feat actually…