|American beech (Fagus grandifolia)|
It's time for some housekeeping. We need to catch up on some of the fun things we did in 2016, but didn't have time to report. You know—busy, busy, busy. Nature has its pulses and winter is a time to rest and reflect.
The 2016 class of the TN Naturalist @ Ijams met in April for their third in a series of 13 classes.
With the trees leafing out, and the lush green canopy returning to the nature center it was a good time to discuss Tennessee trees including the ever present American beech seen above.
We walked the Ijams Arboretum Trail in search of the 30-plus species found along the way.
This was the fourth year that Ijams has been involved in this state-wide program. In addition to the 40 hours of classes, students must put in 40 hours of volunteer work at Ijams or elsewhere. After all the classes and volunteer requirements are met, the students become certified Tennessee Naturalists.
All photos by Rex McDaniel
|The pawpaws were blooming|