One of our classes as a part of Winter Term is Winter Ecology with Master Maine Guide John Wight. In the first three weeks, we learned about different types of plants and trees that are seen during the winter in Maine. Then, at the end of our first three weeks, we had a field test on different types of plants, deciduous trees, and non decidous trees. I had enough studying to do for the test to give me a sense of urgency to start studying immediately. The same day I realized I’m out in the woods where there are lots of winter plants and trees, and I’m not going too fast to not be able to see the trees so this is perfect—I can study and ski!
I found myself skiing along and I would shout out to Lilo, whom I was skiing with, “ash” and I would point to an ash tree. Lilo rolled her eyes at me the first couple times I did this until she realized it was a good place to study and it was pretty effective. Livy, however never quite caught on to my effective study method and would roll her eyes at me as if to say school and skiing should not be mixed
For the next week, until my field test, I would be skiing and notice certain trees and plants along the side of the trail and be able to recognize them and this gave me confidence with my identification skills. And as a result of my extra studying time in the “field” I was able to do pretty well on my test.
I found that on Pine hill there are lots of pine trees (duh), ash trees, birch trees, beech trees, and many other non deciduous trees that I could not identify. For plants I would mostly notice sensitive fern, milkweed, and grasses on the trails on the school side of Lover’s Lane.
Hope you enjoyed! Stay warm this week and good luck to all who are racing in NEPSACS!