Whales had a fascinating start to their leaf and tree unit this week. Professor Stacey Halpern (a plant biologist, tree expert, and distinguished Whale mom!) took us on a Tree Talk & Walk across the Pacific University Campus. Whales had a chance to investigate both coniferous and deciduous trees native to the Northwest. They compared and contrasted the trees and needles of the Douglas Fir, Sequoia and Shore Pine as well as the leaves of the Ginkgo, Oak and Vine Maple. Whales spent time noticing tiny details in shape, texture, color and scent of the leaves and needles. Stay tuned to hear more adventures of Whale dendrologists!