Marion kids figure out how to tell trees by their bark

Mar 05, 2018
Photo by: Elizabeth Leidhold Children at Marion's Natural History Museum examine the properties of tree bark.

Marion — It was all bark, no bite for children at Marion's Natural History Museum on Wednesday.

The museum's after school group learned to identify local trees in the winter by their bark. The students compared red cedar bark to the bark of a red pine, took a close look at various lichens and mosses that grow on the surface of the bark, and counted rings in a log supplied by Hartley Saw Mill in Rochester.

On the sunny day, the students also went outside to take a close-up look at their favorite nearby trees.  The students measured tree trunks, examined the bark for color, roughness, insects, holes, and even decided whether or not the bark had a distinctive smell.



"What does this mean?" (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Different types of bark apparently have individual scents. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Examining bark properties under a microscope. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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