NB Spring Flowers Colouring Pages!

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SPRING WILDFLOWERS OF New Brunswick

Intrepid volunteer Elizabeth Mills has produced a series of colouring pages for our entertainment and education!  The first set are spring-flowering plants commonly found in New Brunswick. These lovely designs give the common names and Latin name of the species, where they might be found and some interesting facts about them.  With the help of our online specimen database, you might want to find some in your area to observe them in the wild!

Click on the image to get the full-sized pdf files for printing.

UNB offering vascular plant course this summer!

UNB’s College of Extended Learning is offering Biol 1846, Introduction to the Vascular Plants of New Brunswick this summer (August 19-25).   It is an intensive course in identifying trees, ferns, grasses and  wildflowers  commonly found in New Brunswick and is led by botanist Gart Bishop.

Contact the College at 506-451-6824 or celcourseadm@unb.ca for more information.

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Winter botany

img_3488Can you even do botany in the winter?  There are no flowers or leaves to distinguish plants and most things are covered in snow!

This is true, but winter gives us a chance to look more closely at the foundations of plants and trees without the distractions of color or camouflage of green.     The bare branches of trees define their overall shape and stature clearly, and many may be known just by this.  Other shrubs and trees can be identified by their branching patterns, bud shapes and placement, stem colours etc., and even herbaceous plants have parts that show through the winter and help us figure out their names (e.g. seed pods, bracts, spines).

There are guidebooks and keys specifically for winter botany, and the internet hosts a lot of great sites describing the tricks and techniques for identifying plants in the winter, just search for “winter botany”.  Here are several books we have in the Herbarium, with a page from one that would help with the birches in the photo above!

 

Happy botanizing!

Dr. Mary Young Granted Honorary Degree

May 18, 2016: This morning Dr. Mary Young, a veteran volunteer at the Connell Memorial Herbarium, received a Doctor of Science degree at UNBs 187th Encaenia.

May 18, 2016:  This morning Dr. Mary Young, a veteran volunteer at the Connell Memorial Herbarium, received a Doctor of Science degree at UNBs 187th Encaenia.  Congratulations, Mary, from all of us!

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Dr. Mary Young with President H.E.A. Campbell