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Native Tree Identification – Audubon at Home Class


Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT Monday, October 18th, and space is limited. Visit for more information and to register. Fall is an excellent time to learn to identify native trees by their leaves, fall color, buds, fruits, branch and bark patterns, and site and soil preferences. In this class, you will be introduced to the common and Latin names and identifying characters of over sixty prevalent native tree species from original photographs taken in the last year by the instructors, Henry Hughes and Michelle Blackwood. The approximate class schedule will be: Day 1: Gymnosperm Families: Cypress (juniper, bald-cypress) and Pine (pines, hemlock) Day 2: Angiosperm Families: Sweetgum, Custard-Apple, Holly, Ginseng, Birch, Catalpa, Hop, Dogwood, Ebony, Heath, and Pea Day 3: Angiosperm Families: Beech (chestnut, beech, oaks) and Walnut (hickory, walnut) Day 4: Angiosperm Families: Laurel, Magnolia, Hibiscus, Fig, Olive, Sycamore, Rose, Willow, Soapberry, and Elm Day 5: Exotic and invasive species, such as paulownia, tree-of-heaven, and mimosa Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on five consecutive Tuesdays (10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, and 11/16), from 6–7 p.m. CDT. It will be a one-hour online class with some time at the end for questions. Cost: Your one-time registration fee of $50 covers all five meetings.* (While you are not required to attend each class, do note that we cannot refund individuals for partial attendance.) We will be recording the webinar and making it available to participants for a week after the class. *We understand there are economic barriers that many are facing during this time. If you live in Alabama and would like to request financial assistance, please email us.* Textbook: The class will be organized around the beautifully illustrated new book, Trees of Alabama, by Lisa J. Samuelson with photographs by Michael E. Hogan. Registration: To register, visit About the instructors: Henry Hughes and Michelle Blackwood share a lifelong interest in the natural environment and have been instructors at Audubon Mountain Workshop for many years, most recently co-teaching “Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds” and “Rivers, Floodplains, and Watersheds,” with versions for both children and adults. They have worked together for twenty-three years on protection of the Cahaba River and Shades Creek watersheds through Friends of Shades Creek. Both currently serve on the board and stewardship committee of the Cahaba River Society. “Audubon at Home: Native Tree Identification” came about from weekly hikes throughout the Cahaba-Shades Creek Watershed during 2020 and 2021. They shared in locating, researching, and photographing the native trees of Alabama’s forests and teaching the course for the first time in October 2020.


Shades Creek October Educational Meeting with Cahaba Riverkeeper-7:00


CAHABA RIVERKEEPER MISSION The Cahaba Riverkeeper mission is to defend the ecological integrity of the Cahaba River and its watershed, to ensure clean water and a healthy aquatic environment, and to preserve the recreational and visual values of the river basin. The organization’s primary focus is the scientific study of the physical and esthetic properties of the Cahaba and its tributaries. Cahaba Riverkeeper also investigates and, if necessary, brings to justice lawbreakers who ignore the Clean Water Act and threaten the rights of citizens to enjoy the precious resources the Cahaba makes available. Click calendar date to read more.