Join us in welcoming Mark Mikolas in discussing and signing his book "A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing
Trees of the Northeast"
In this friendly and approachable field guide, Mark Mikolas shares a unique approach for year-round tree identification. His method, which centers on the 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 and flowers are not present. Mikolas’s secret is to focus on the key characteristics of each tree—black cherry bark looks like burnt potato chips; beech and oak trees keep their leaves in winter; spruce needles are pointed while balsam fir needles are soft and rounded at the ends. Some trees can even be identified by scent or sound. Location maps and extensive photographs for each of the 40 species covered illustrate key characteristics, making it easy to identify trees, even at a glance. Mikolas also explains how to differentiate between similar and commonly confused trees, such as red maple and sugar maple and hornbeam and hop hornbeam.
A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast is a book to keep close at hand wherever trees grow.