Hi! My name is Ms. Hoskins. Please join me while I travel to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Look for the White Trees

Today I learned that if I get lost in the forest, I should look for the white trees (see picture right). Can you spot the two white trees in the middle of the picture? Those trees are Sycamore Trees and they always grow along streams and rivers. Once I find the stream or river, I can then work my way back to the research facility (at least in theory)!

If I were to pick all of you up and put you in the forest, what clues would you look for to find your way out of the forest?


At December 1, 2009 at 6:54 PM , Anonymous mac/doyle said...

If you put us in the forest we could look for trails, the trees (the sycamores) and try to locate or pick land marks. If you find the trees near a stream or river, how do you know to go up or down stream from there?

At December 1, 2009 at 7:47 PM , Blogger Vickie said...

The scientists told us they occasionally get lost! This is why we can't go off without telling someone where we are going. I have a lanyard I have to always wear with the research forest police phone number on it and I always have a phone with me.
There are 2500 acres here of nothing but trees and the occasional road or trail. Some of the scientists look at the sun to find their direction.
The scientist told us today we would be doing field work down stream of the river. If I were to get lost, I find the Sycamores,and would then know which way to go.

At December 2, 2009 at 7:04 PM , Anonymous Jamie said...

Do you (or the other scientists) utilize GPS technology?

At December 3, 2009 at 2:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was interesting to see that your research team taught you about the Sycamore tree. When our students go to Glen Helen(Yellow Springs, Ohio), the naturalist also teach them about the Sycamore tree-the white bark and growing near a water source. They also tell the students if they get lost to look for these trees and follow the river upstream as that will lead them back to the lodge and other buildings. Are their Sycamore trees in Texas? What are the main kinds of trees that grow in Texas? What about in the New England area? Braun's 6th grade science class

At December 3, 2009 at 5:39 PM , Blogger Vickie said...

We did not use GPS because they are not accurate. Today the scientist showed us where we were really were, and then they showed us where the GPS said we were. The GPS was way off. Scientists have to be very accurate in their field work which is why they use math formulas etc to exactly plot out their field grids.

At December 3, 2009 at 5:45 PM , Blogger Vickie said...

We have Sycamore Trees in Texas, but not where I live. Houston and Woodlands are on the edge of the Piney Forest, so we have a lot of pine trees, especially the Lob Lolly Pine. Near the coast we have palm trees, and in places like Dallas and Austin there are Oak Trees, blooming Crepe Myrtle and blooming Magnolia trees. Austin to San Antonio and out in west Texas, there are Live Oaks (never loose leaves) and the Mesquite Tree; which you would be able to spot as it has a wonderfully twisted tree trunk. Everyone in Texas loves the mesquite Tree for its wonderful smokey wood we use to cook our BBQ!


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