DURING THIS TIME OF GREAT UNEASE, GO ONLINE AND GET CLOSER TO TREES
ANS Launches Virtual Tour of Remarkable Trees at Woodend Nature Sanctuary
For Immediate Release: April 1, 2020
For more information, contact [email protected], or 240-899-9019, or Alison Pearce, Director of Restoration, [email protected], 301-704-5864 or [email protected], or 301-523-5394.
CHEVY CHASE, MD – Just in time to ease some of the stress and anxiety of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Audubon Naturalist Society is launching a virtual tree tour, featuring photos, histories, and uses of 21 trees on its sanctuary.
Featured trees include natives, such as the American beech, sassafras, and white oak, Maryland’s state tree, which can live up to 500 years and grow up to 100 feet tall, and a 240-year-old walnut tree. “Learning to identify local trees is a great way to be in touch with your natural environment and develop a ‘sense of place,’ about where you live,” says ANS Restoration Director Alison Pearce, who oversaw development of the tour, which includes Montgomery County Champion Trees. “We have had a printed tree tour brochure available in the past, but things have changed. We have technology that allows for a more interactive and convenient online format and now seems the perfect time to make it accessible to the region.”
In addition to providing natural beauty, shade, and food for wildlife, such as birds, pollinators, and squirrels, studies have found that trees offer a bounty of other benefits, including playing a huge role, of course, in mitigating the effects of climate change. Click here to begin your adventure in the new ANS Virtual Tree Tour.
About ANS: Throughout its history, ANS has championed nature for all by playing a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS‘s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.