Tree Walk along Kennebunk’s Bridle Path with Eileen Willard

Date/Time
11/16, Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Would you like to know more about our local trees, and improve your tree identification skills?  On Saturday, November 16th, York County Audubon is pleased to sponsor a tree walk along Kennebunk’s Bridle Path led by Eileen Willard, an Instructor in Dendrology at the University of New Hampshire.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 16th, we’ll venture along the Mousam River just when most folks think there isn’t much to see during “Down-leaf Time” in Maine. However, Eileen will do her best to dispel this notion with observations about how trees survive winter, how they restore nutrients to the soil, how the promise of spring is visible before leaves turn green and flowers bloom in May. We will find 6” evergreen shrubs living close to the ground providing food for wildlife and smelling like Teaberry gum. What’s the connection between all those squirrels and the number of acorns in 2019?

Along the path, we’ll observe the changing conditions from upland trees to shrubby plants better suited to acidic soil with fewer nutrients. How do environmental conditions influence the landscape we see? Learn how to identify shrubs and trees by the persistent fruits, buds, leaf scars and bark instead of using leaves seen only for part of each year. How does the vegetation we see today compare to historical picture?

Join us for a 2 hour walk. Please park along either side of Route 9 where it intersects the Bridle Path, just north of the Mousam River.  This event is free of charge and open to all.  Reservations are not required, but are appreciated, to give us an idea of how many might join us. You can register using the from below.

In the event of rain, the walk will be postponed to the following day, Sunday, November 17th.  Please check our website, yorkcountyaudubon.org for confirmation of a postponement.

 

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