More forest ecology in February

Bark of some trees in the Lehigh Experimental Forest Plantation. Tree identification becomes a bit more challenging without foliage.

On Thursday it was 58 degrees Fahrenheit on the Lehigh campus, and much too nice to stay in the office all day.  We spent a few hours in the afternoon trying to find and core more Norway Maples (Acer platanoides) in the Experimental Forest Plantation (see previous post here).  We spent a lot of our time trying to relocate trees identified in the survey last fall, but we did manage to get more than a dozen new cores.  Our bark identification skills are also improving.   Which trees in the above picture do you think are Norway Maples? (Answer is now in the comments – 1 March 2012)

A less stationary encounter...a red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus).



Posted on February 25, 2012, in Conservation & Biodiversity (EES-28), Fieldwork, Original Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Correct answer was A & C. A norway maple with mature bark characteristics is shown in A, whereas a young individual is shown in C. Photo D is probably a red maple. Photo B is an oak.

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