Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > Around the Campfire
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-09-2021, 11:09 PM   #1
cajuntec
Pope & Young
 
cajuntec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Hunt In: Fort A.P. Hill
Default Whatís the best tree ID resource?

Iíve wanted to get better at identifying tree types for a long time, but Iím really a hands on learner.

Reading a book or looking through pictures is more difficult for me than having someone walk through the forest and saying, ďThatís an ABC tree. You can tell itís an ABC tree because....Ē. Iíll remember that forever. Reading it in a book or looking at pics... not so much.

But thereís no one around me that can do that (Iím in VA), so Iíll likely have to rely on the other types of resources, so Iím looking for the best one(s).

All the best,
Glenn
cajuntec is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 12:03 AM   #2
mooch
Ten Point
 
mooch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Default

Not sure if itíll work for trees but there is an app called PictureThis thatís been crazy good at identifying plants for me at our new house. Take a picture of the plant and it tells you what it is. It might work on trees too.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
mooch is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 06:30 AM   #3
jaspermac
Ten Point
 
jaspermac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Jasper, TX
Hunt In: Jasper/Doole
Default

Take a college dendrology class. There is usually one in the spring and another in the fall
jaspermac is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 06:57 AM   #4
EarleyBird
Ten Point
 
EarleyBird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Leon County
Hunt In: Home
Default

"Trees of Texas" by Carmine Stahl and Ria McElvaney is pretty good. I bought mine at a Texas Big Game event 10-12 years ago for $40 and when I got home saw it on amazon for $12! Look there first.
EarleyBird is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 07:54 AM   #5
30-30
Pope & Young
 
30-30's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Tomball
Hunt In: Hopkins County
Default

The iNaturalist app, or one of its variants (Seek, etc.). I use it every day.

I also like this book for a hard-copy field guide.

https://www.amazon.com/Trees-Texas-F...49365918&psc=1
30-30 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 08:24 AM   #6
wytex
Ten Point
 
wytex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Wyoming
Hunt In: Wyoming , Texas, Colorado, Nebraska
Default

Learn to use a "key".
Get "Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia" book.
You should contact the VaTech forestry dept and see what book they use for their dendrology lab field work- the key they use.
Va Tech has tree identification link on their website :https://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/main.htm
Scroll down to the Trees of where you are standing link.
wytex is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 01:44 PM   #7
cajuntec
Pope & Young
 
cajuntec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Hunt In: Fort A.P. Hill
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wytex View Post
Learn to use a "key".
Get "Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia" book.
You should contact the VaTech forestry dept and see what book they use for their dendrology lab field work- the key they use.
Va Tech has tree identification link on their website :https://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/main.htm
Scroll down to the Trees of where you are standing link.
Thank you. I searched for that book. I guess they make them for several states, as I found "Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of (many different states)", but couldn't find one for VA.

However, one of the Google responses was the VA DWR store (VA Department fo Wildlife Resources), and they had two books - one was the "Common Native Trees of VA" book (and they mentioned it having a winter "key" so I could identify trees year round - thank you for that tidbit of info - I didn't know about that), and a "Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of VA" book. So I just ordered them both. I'll keep searching to see if there is a VA variant of the book you mentioned, but the ones I just bought may be the VA variant.

I just bookmarked that VA Tech tree id page, and will look through it tonight. I'll also contact their forestry dept as you recommended.

Thank you very much.

All the best,
Glenn
cajuntec is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 01:49 PM   #8
cwbow
Ten Point
 
cwbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Tomball
Hunt In: Leon County
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by EarleyBird View Post
"Trees of Texas" by Carmine Stahl and Ria McElvaney is pretty good. I bought mine at a Texas Big Game event 10-12 years ago for $40 and when I got home saw it on amazon for $12! Look there first.
Worked with Carmine years ago.
cwbow is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 01:49 PM   #9
cajuntec
Pope & Young
 
cajuntec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Hunt In: Fort A.P. Hill
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 30-30 View Post
The iNaturalist app, or one of its variants (Seek, etc.). I use it every day.

I also like this book for a hard-copy field guide.

https://www.amazon.com/Trees-Texas-F...49365918&psc=1
Thanks. Just downloaded the INaturalist and Seek apps. They were together on the iPhone.

All the best,
Glenn
cajuntec is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 01:50 PM   #10
cajuntec
Pope & Young
 
cajuntec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Hunt In: Fort A.P. Hill
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by EarleyBird View Post
"Trees of Texas" by Carmine Stahl and Ria McElvaney is pretty good. I bought mine at a Texas Big Game event 10-12 years ago for $40 and when I got home saw it on amazon for $12! Look there first.
But I live in VA.

All the best,
Glenn
cajuntec is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 01:51 PM   #11
cajuntec
Pope & Young
 
cajuntec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Hunt In: Fort A.P. Hill
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jaspermac View Post
Take a college dendrology class. There is usually one in the spring and another in the fall
I'll look into that. Thank you.
All the best,
Glenn
cajuntec is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 01:54 PM   #12
cajuntec
Pope & Young
 
cajuntec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Hunt In: Fort A.P. Hill
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mooch View Post
Not sure if itíll work for trees but there is an app called PictureThis thatís been crazy good at identifying plants for me at our new house. Take a picture of the plant and it tells you what it is. It might work on trees too.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Thanks. I have that app. I deleted it for some reason, but it still showed in my cloud on the App Store. I think that was the one with in-app purchases, or a fee after the first month. I don't remember. I just added it back to my phone and will check it out.
All the best,
Glenn
cajuntec is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 01:54 PM   #13
wytex
Ten Point
 
wytex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Wyoming
Hunt In: Wyoming , Texas, Colorado, Nebraska
Default

A winter key uses twigs to key out, summer uses leaves.
They will be a huge help to you at VT.
wytex is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 03:44 PM   #14
kurt68
Ten Point
 
kurt68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Hunt In: Waller Co. and Rocksprings and "H"
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cajuntec View Post
Thanks. I have that app. I deleted it for some reason, but it still showed in my cloud on the App Store. I think that was the one with in-app purchases, or a fee after the first month. I don't remember. I just added it back to my phone and will check it out.
All the best,
Glenn
Great app, I use it on all greenery. Trees, shrubs, grass, weeds.....

It's free, just hit the X in the top right corner when you open the app, then hit the camera button. It gets addicting walking around and trying to guess what every this is.
kurt68 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 03:51 PM   #15
3ChordTruth
Ten Point
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Grapevine
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kurt68 View Post
Great app, I use it on all greenery. Trees, shrubs, grass, weeds.....

It's free, just hit the X in the top right corner when you open the app, then hit the camera button. It gets addicting walking around and trying to guess what every this is.
Good question OP, and thanks to those who posted this useful info, will look into these references and apps.
3ChordTruth is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 04:23 PM   #16
Deerguy
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Default

Seek app. No need to take a pic, just hold the leaves or fruit in the view of the camera and it will identify it. Great app.
Deerguy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 04:55 PM   #17
IkemanTX
Ten Point
 
IkemanTX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Greater DFW
Default

Iíll throw another recommendation for the iNaturalist app. It is astoundingly accurate. It will almost always get the Genus correct, then you can look through the different species pics for a better ID.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
IkemanTX is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com