Witch-hazel is my favorite tree for many reasons. . . . It has always been a topic of discussion on if it is either a tree or a shrub?? My personal feeling is that this is more of a tree than a shrub but that is just my personal thought (no science behind that statement). I also love that this trees leaf is odd shaped and has some unique flowers. I can always find this tree flowering around mid October which I think is an excellent time of the year!! The greatest part of Witch-hazel is that people can extract an astringent from the bark and leaves that is used for things like; a hemorrhoid medication, shaving lotion, bug bites, acne cream and even helps with poison ivy!
Last year while the Witch-hazel was flowering and buffalo was being hammered with a freak snowstorm . . . I was helping with a flickr event here in Allegany. I was very jealous because Young Naturalist J was at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute listening to David Sibley speak.
David Sibley signing Young Naturalist J’s field guide.
He heard the lecture, got his book autographed, got an original Sibley bird sketched in his book and had a great 1 on 1 discussion together; Young Naturalist J (and his family) also got me an autographed Sibley calendar as a perfect Christmas present!! The kid is good because look what he had David Sibley put on that calendar!!
OWL UPDATE: Thursday night I caught 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl and last night (Friday) I caught 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls. Things are really starting to pick up with these fluff balls.
This entry was posted on 13 October 2007 by mon@rch. It was filed under Allegany State Park, Nature, Owls and was tagged with Author Lecture, David Sibley, discovery, flowers, shrub, tree, Witch-hazel.