Michael Wojtech, a freelance naturalist, writer, teacher, illustrator, and photographer, is author of Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast. Tom Wessels has said,“Michael is the expert when it comes to identifying trees by their bark, and his book Bark is a must for anyone interested in natural history.” Michael co-authored, with artist Julia Kuo, Drawing Trees and Leaves. He earned his master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England, where he edited the journal Whole Terrain.
Know Your Trees: A Thanksgiving Retreat in the Woods
Date(s) - November 24, 2017 - November 26, 2017
“Michael is a wonderful guide in the woods, and also very patient, which translates into being a careful listener and educator. I highly recommend him.” — Tom Wessels
Walk off your Thanksgiving feast this weekend and learn how to see the trees for the forest. But why do a tree I.D. program in late November, when boughs are leafless and next year’s buds are still hunkered down? The answer is bark – the one characteristic that’s visible year round. Learn the distinctive bark of a species, and you can pick it out from all the other trees in the forest, without the fripperies of leaf and flower. Michael will show you how to detect subtle differences; as your powers of observation sharpen, you’ll learn why bark on some species is smooth whereas on others it’s thick or broken or peels away in curly strips You’ll look at trees in a range of scales, from cells to forest ecosystems, and through expanses of time. When the weekend’s over, you’ll be able to walk through a typical forest and actually know what you’re seeing.