Skyline Interns Draw The Trees

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The Skyline interns practiced their finest field sketches of the large and various trees on their campus. Drawing trees helps focus on the small details, and can help reveal subtle differences among tree parts to aid in identifying different tree species. For example, while the carbo tree has an ordinary oval shaped leaf, the interns noticed that the leaves have a small indent on their tip.

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A student’s redwood drawing (left) and carbo tree (right). The carob tree leaf have a indent at the end of the leaf.

Students are practicing their tree identification skills in preparation for making a tree inventory on their campus, and collecting data for some local government. A tree inventory is a collection of tree information, and the tree species is one of the important criteria.

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