IT’S FINALLY SPRING

•May 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

A week into May and spring has finally decided to show up.  A few trees have just barely started to bud and there are small flowers poking through the brush.  Mushrooms are growing on many of the pine trees and there are more chipmunks and squirrels out than ever, and the chirps of many birds can be heard everywhere.

Nature and culture intertwine at my place in many ways.  The culture of indigenous people in Centennial Woods centuries ago was to be one with nature and use what the environment gave them sustainably to make their place their own.  They appreciated the land and knew they could not destroy it for their own benefit.  Today, we still appreciate the land in Centennial Woods as they did back then.  The land is used for hiking, relaxation, and appreciation of what the world has to offer us.  Although in many other places in the society nature is used purely for human benefit, Centennial Woods is protected and appreciated.  Our culture here is to never forget what nature has done for us and to be grateful and admire its beauty.

I do consider myself a part of my place.  I believe that anyone or anything that spends time in or inhabits Centennial Woods is a part of it.  Anyone who benefits from the land and appreciates it is a part of it, whether it is a person who hikes through or just sits down to relax, or a bird who uses the land as its home.

   

Spring Has Not Sprung

•April 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Since this winter has been so long and it is still very cold and even snowing in the middle of April, there are not any noticeable signs of spring yet.  There was snow and slush covering most of the forest floor, which revealed some grey squirrel tracks.  There were no signs of amphibians or flowering anywhere.  The nearest edges are the edge of the trail which is probably about ten meters from my spot, and the creek that runs through my spot.  The edge effect is the different species from each side of the edge coming together in one spot.  I’m sure my spot provides habitat for forest interior species such as squirrels, frogs, toads, and birds.

Spring Break Phenology Place

•April 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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My new phenology place is fairly similar to my place in Centennial Woods.  It is the woods at my house in southern New Hampshire.  There are many of the same trees in my new place, such as white pine, beech, and red maple.  The majority of the trees are mature, and have probably been there since long before my house was built, which was about thirty years ago, although there are some young beech trees in the understory.  The wildlife I saw while at my place included many squirrels, some mourning doves, and a cardinal.  I also heard a woodpecker tapping on a tree.

     

The Natural Community of my Place

•March 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I would classify the natural community of my place I Centennial Woods as a hardwood swamp.  At my place, there is a small creek running through an open space, as well as a swampy area very close.  There are many hardwood trees, including red maple, beech, and white oak.  To get to my place, you have to walk down a bit of a hill, and once you get to my place it is fairly flat.

Since I last visited my place, all the snow has melted and some of the trees have started to bud because of the stretch of warm weather we had recently.  The creek is higher and running much faster due to the melting snow.  The substrate is visible now since the snow is gone, but it doesn’t seem to have changed much since the fall before it snowed.

Using the Biofinder tool brought an entirely new perspective to Centennial Woods.  I learned just how important this landscape really is to the natural communities of Burlington.  I found out that Centennial Woods is a high priority landscape.  I also learned that there is a wetland going through the woods, as well as a rare animal species and a rare natural community.

Wildlife Activity and Twig Identification

•February 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I have decided to stick with my same phenology place as last semester in order to see what else I can learn about Centennial Woods.  Since the fall, there have been many phenological changes to my place in Centennial Woods.  Snow and ice cover the forest floor, which makes animal tracking much easier.  Most of the animal tracks I discovered were from dogs because people often walk their dogs on the trails in Centennial Woods.  I also saw some mouse tracks that led to a small hole under some debris sticking out of the snow, which is most likely where his home is.  Some of the deciduous trees in my spot include Red Maple, Norway Maple, and Buckthorn.

  

Human History of Centennial Woods

•December 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

While the current use for Centennial Woods is mostly recreation and academic study, this is not it has always been used for.  Pre-European settlement, this land was probable inhabited by the Abenaki people who were living around the Winooski River.  Back in the early to mid 1800’s, this land was most likely used for agricultural purposes.  Some indicators of this are the barbed wire and stonewalls that you can find in some places in Centennial Woods.  Most of the trees in the forest most likely did not begin to grow until after the 1860’s when many farms in Vermont were abandoned.

Second Blog Site

•November 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Leopold

I trudged up the seemingly endless trail of boulders and ice, wondering when I would finally reach my final destination.  I want to take a break, I want to sit and have a chance to breathe, but I know the beauty of the summit will be worth the pain that I am enduring.

I spot what I think is the end, but as I reach the end of the steep rock wall, I see that I have very far to go.  I walk through a small valley of evergreen trees that almost look like they are dead, thankful that I have a break from the steep climbing.  Ice cascades from the trees and rocks to the ground beneath me, and it is nearly impossible not to slip and fall.

I reach what I know is my final climb.  There are no trees left at this high elevation, only smooth, slate colored rocks and unforgiving patches of ice.  The immensely strong winds help carry me up the mountain.  I finally reach the highest point, and sit down to gaze at the rolling hills in the distance.  The green landscape goes on for miles, and at the horizon it is met with nothing but blue sky.  The rock that will soon be covered in snow is ice cold beneath me, and I decide to get up and begin my journey down.

 

Holland

Mount Monadnock has very similar ecological and phenological features to Centennial Woods, which makes sense because they are only about 170 miles from each other.  Jaffrey, New Hampshire, where Mount Monadnock is located, is experiencing the same changes to the weather as Burlington.  Most trees have shed their leaves, animals are preparing for the long winter ahead, and the air is cold and crisp.  Snow has already fallen in both locations, only to be melted the next day from the hot sun and temperatures that are unseasonably warm.  The two locations have many of the same types of trees, such as Eastern White Pine and Paper Birch.  One thing that Mount Monadnock has that Centennial Woods currently does not is ice.  The higher elevations of Mount Monadnock are covered in large patches of ice, while in Centennial Woods it has not been quite cold enough for much ice to form.  Pretty soon, both locations will most likely be covered in a layer of heavy snow, as they are every winter in New England.

Event Map/Photo Gallery

•November 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

There have been a few changes to my place since the last time I have been there.  The leaves are gone from most of the trees, and some trees have fallen down from all the wind we have gotten lately.  In addition, the water level of the creek looks like it has risen a little bit from the rain.

Birds-Eye View

•October 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I have not noticed many changes to my spot since the last time I visited, other than the leaves changing and falling.  Some of the wildlife I have seen while at my spot include many bees, a toad, and many small birds that I have not been able to identify.  I have also heard some woodpeckers in the woods.

My Spot: Centennial Woods

•October 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

My place is in Centennial Woods right off the main path, about a 10 minute walk from the main entrance on Carrigan Drive.  I chose this as my place because it is very easy to get to and is a very peaceful place to sit and listen to the creek running, the trees rustling, and the birds chirping.  This part of Centennial Woods is fairly open and gets a lot of light.  The most common plant species are Aster, Goldenrod, Burdock, Buckthorn, and Red Maple.

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