UC Berkeley Professor Teaches Interns Tree Identification

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This week EarthTeam interns got a surprise visit from Dr. Joe McBride, former UC Berkeley Forest Ecology Professor and EarthTeam Board Member. Dr. Mcbride has been working behind the scenes with EarthTeam staff to bring the Urban Forestry program to life. This week though Joe took to the field, taking students on a walking tree tour of their campus and surrounding neighborhoods to learn how to identify local tree species. Below are students’ reflections on their time with Dr. McBride.

“On December 14th, 2015 in our Urban Forestry meeting a high level professor, Dr Mcbride, came in and took use on a tree walk in Richmond’s streets to identify trees. Two things we did was identify if the tree was conifer, broadleaf, or palm and identified it’s key characteristics. One thing I learned was how to identify a tree using key characteristics. Some of the trees we identified around our neighborhood were Mulberry, Sweetgum, Strawberry tree, Chinese Elm, and more. One thing I’ll always remember is the taste of the “fruit” on the strawberry tree!”- Fabiola Guerrero

“My experience with Dr. Joe McBride was really interesting. Tracking down our trees and using their leaves as a part of our group activity was new to me. It a very clever way to learn our tree names, our group activity was also lots of fun. I learn which trees grow which leaves which is going to help me at future events. One take away was the generosity Dr. Joe McBride had for us. He brought us chocolate covered raisins!” – Luis Gonzalez¬†


“On Monday the 14th of December, we had a guest speaker come to our group & teach. Our guest speaker was Dr. Joe McBride and he helped teach us to identify trees by their characteristics. One thing I did was play a card game which helped me remember these trees through their leaves. A thing that I learned was that there are different types of palm trees. I am excited to use this new skill of tree identifying elsewhere.”- Edwin Hernandez

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