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Tree medicine

Well, it is the end of Feb. and I am seriously wanting to try my hand at some simple tree medicine. Is anyone savvy with this? I have been told I should collect bark when the sap is running. I looked up on-line for how to know when this is (daytime temps above freezing and nightime temps below), but it has been a very mild winter here in western WI, so I am guessing things may be a bit different this year. Can anyone guide me further regarding this, as well as tips/techniques for actually collecting bark and/or any other parts of the tree I can collect at this time of year?
Thanks much!