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Darien Hosts Lecture On Tree Identification

Naturalist Michael Wojtech will share his tree-ID knowledge at the Darien Library in early February.
Naturalist Michael Wojtech will share his tree-ID knowledge at the Darien Library in early February. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- Naturalist Michael Wojtech will share his knowledge through his lecture, "Bark: Get to Know Your Trees," at the Darien Library on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Wojtech will provide an exploration of bark, the one tree characteristic visible in every season. Other traits commonly used to describe tree species -- leaves, buds and twigs -- are high and out of sight on many trees, or absent for large portions of the year.

In addition to teaching about species identification in local woods, Wojtech will explain why the large variety of bark characteristics exist, including why some species have smooth bark or thick and broken bark, or bark that peels away in curly strips. He will also be available to sign copies of his book, "Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast."

Wojtech is a freelance writer, educator, illustrator and photographer of many aspects of natural history, focusing mostly on trees. He spent his childhood roaming the pine barrens of southern New Jersey and now lives tucked into the woods of western Massachusetts. After a 15-year career in business he decided to pursue his love of natural history and writing.

He earned his master’s degree in conservation biology from Antioch University New England, where he edited the journal "Whole Terrain." His thesis at Antioch on tree bark became the basis for his book. To find out more about Michael Wojtech and his work, visit .

This talk is free and begins at 7 p.m. It's cosponsored by Tree Conservancy of Darien, the Darien Land Trust, the Darien Nature Center and the Darien Library.

The library is located at 1441 Post Road in Darien. For more information on the lecture, email

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