Behold Barks, Buds, and Berries - February 2024
February is a great month to refine your winter botany skills by learning to recognize important dormant-season plant characteristics such as bark, buds, and persistent flower and fruit structures.
Previous winter-month EcoQuest Challenges provide many examples of common plants that can be identified in winter, representing diverse groups of native and invasive species, including cryptogams and gymnosperms as well as flowering plants (grasses, vines, shrubs, and trees).
How many species can you find this February?
How to Get Started
1. Visit nybg.org/EcoQuest for more information about this activity.
2. Download the iNaturalist app or register at iNaturalist.org
3. Photograph barks, buds, and berries anywhere in New York City.
4. Upload your observations to iNaturalist.
What is the Goal?
Help document as many barks, buds, and berries as possible by February 29. How many species can you spot this month?
The New York City EcoFlora project seeks to enhance the ecological literacy of all New Yorkers and to compile new and original data on the City’s flora and ecological dynamics.