A beginner's guide to identifying trees

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BRATTLEBORO — Local author Mark Mikolas reads from his new book "A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at Everyone's Books, 25 Elliot St.

Writer and hiker Mikolas shares a unique approach for year-round tree identification. His method, which centers on northeastern United States where 20 species make up the majority of trees, will prepare readers to recognize trees at a glance, even in winter when leaves are not present.

Mikolas's secret is to focus on the key characteristics of each tree — black cherry bark looks like burnt potato chips; spruce needles are pointed while balsam fir needles are soft and rounded at the ends, Some trees can even be identified by scent. Location maps for each of the 40 species covered and more than 400 photographs make the trees easy to identify. Mikolas also explains how to differentiate between similar and commonly confused trees, such as red maple and sugar maple.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 802-254-8160 or email everyonesbks@gmail.com.

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