Usually the art and science of identification is built around visual clues provided by flowers and seeds, the reproductive part of a plant's life cycle, yet native plants display these all-important markers of identity during a brief time. But don't let that fool you; anyone can learn to decipher hints on plant identity and relationship from other clues, including plant shape, bark, stems, leaves, and remnants of flowers and fruits. You just need to know what to look for to turn inquiry into a treasure hunt that continues year round.
This new series features four-hour walks throughout the national seashore, learning to look for the clues that nature provides. Each session will focus on important plant families and genera. We'll visit a wide variety of different habitats to establish a thorough grounding on the process.