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➤ “Win­ter Tree Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Work­shop” (Satur­day, Jan. 19, 1-4 p.m.): Hosted by the Clifton In­sti­tute at its prop­erty in War­ren­ton, this work­shop pro­vides the tools for iden­ti­fy­ing many com­mon trees in our area this time of year, when lack of leaves on de­cid­u­ous trees makes this more dif­fi­cult. On the walk, Dr. Emily South­gate, a botanist and his­tor­i­cal ecol­o­gist who is a se­nior sci­en­tist at Hood Col­lege, in­tro­duces ba­sic ter­mi­nol­ogy used in tree iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and, us­ing trees on the in­sti­tute’s prop­erty as ex­am­ples, shows how to use iden­ti­fi­ca­tion books and apps. Warm, wa­ter­proof footwear is highly rec­om­mended; also use­ful is a hand lens, jack­knife and binoc­u­lars. At 6712 Blan­tyre Rd., War­ren­ton; reg­is­ter at cliftonin­sti­tute.org/ events or email ed­u­ca­tion as­so­ciate Ali­son Zak at [email protected]­sti­tute.org.

➤ “His­tor­i­cal Botany” talk (Sun­day, Jan. 20, 2 p.m.): The Pied­mont chap­ter of the Vir­ginia Na­tive Plant So­ci­ety kicks off this year’s Win­ter Speaker Se­ries, on his­tor­i­cal botany, with a talk by Bert Har­ris, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Clifton In­sti­tute. Har­ris ex­plains the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s plans to re­store the grass­land ecosys­tem us­ing sev­eral strate­gies, in­clud­ing burn­ing. The talk, at Em­manuel Epis­co­pal Church Par­ish Hall, 9668 Maid­stone Road, De­la­plane, is free, and re­fresh­ments are pro­vided. For more in­for­ma­tion, email pied­[email protected] gmail.com. The chap­ter’s Se­cond Sun­day walk in Buck Hol­low on Jan. 13 is fully booked but check for other walks and win­ter talks at vnps.org/events.

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