Summer Basic Survival 2016

The Summer Basic Survival Course has come and gone. We were fortunate again to have a great crew. The jokes, laughs and camaraderie flowed naturally. Everyone was a quick learner and passed each task presented, coaching each other along in the process. I hope to see everyone around the campfire again soon!  

Tree and Plant Identification #2 – Chaga

Journal Notes:  A fungus that is parasitic on birch and other trees, known for its medicinal properties. The sterile conk is irregular in shape and looks like burnt charcoal. This isn’t the fruiting part of the fungus but a mass of mycelium (vegetative matter). The fruiting body will usually appear after the tree is dead. It … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification #2 – Chaga

Tree and Plant Identification # 1 – Sweet Birch During Winter Months

Journal Notes:  Birch sap can be collected in a similar manner to Maple sap, except about a month later and it usually only flows for about a month. The sap also needs to be gathered about three times more often than maple sap. The Sweet Birch has a smooth bark with distinct horizontal lines. In … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification # 1 – Sweet Birch During Winter Months