After you compare bark texture (previous post), look closely at the bark to see what other discoveries are awaiting you.
Have you ever found sections of bark ripped away from a tree? These scars, created by white-tailed deer, are called “buck rubs“. Male deer rub their antlers against trees to remove their antler velvet, mark their territory, or work off aggression.
What made the holes in this bark?
What do you think happened to this tree?
What caused the tree to grow like this?
What happened here?
If you are teaching virtually, use these photos as conversation starters and then send your students off to find discoveries of their own. Share their photos during your next class.