February 5th Update

•February 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Hello all. I have returned to UVM for the second part of the semester and thus being part of the Rubenstein College, I continue my phenology blog. I have chosen to keep Red Rocks as my spot and I am glad I did. There is a different mood when visiting in the winter than in the summer and visitors witness a new perspective on the trees and location. Specifically talking about the beach area, I found the sand to be covered by untouched snow. Along the edge of the water, there were ice chunks floating in the water(see photo). While walking the paths, I stumbled on dozens upon dozens of dog prints, and mixed in with those–squirrel prints. I could see how they are classified as bounders. In addition, the Northern red oak buds (pictured below) are the same ones I photographed in the fall.


Photos: Clockwise: Northern red oak bud, squirrel prints, more squirrel prints, water’s edge, miniature icebergs


Bud Drawing:


Special Eyewitness: I was walking and came across this astonishing feature by the water. I guess that the crashing waves splashed the nearby trees and then the droplets froze over. I honestly think this looks straight out of a winter wonderland scene.

December 9th-The Finale

•December 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

It’s the end of my first semester here at the University of Vermont. For the last post before winter break, my assignment was to learn and write about some human history of my phenological spot. I found this PDF prepared by Sophie Mazowita for the City of Burlington back in April 2013. The document is chock full of history about how Red Rocks was established and how human impact affects the land leaving the City of Burlington to come up with efforts to prevent this. It also teaches about the natural land such as geology, soils, and hydrology. While I could literally write an essay about the whole history, I’ll just mention some little things that I found interesting.

The 100 acre land used to belong Edward Hatch, a prominent figure in Burlington around the 1800s. Here lied his private estate that Mr. Hatch used primarily for wood and pasture. Eventually, his family sold the land to Burlington in 1970 and thus began the transformation into a public park. The park was divided into two parts. the western section is the mostly wooded area and thus termed the natural side. The eastern side, including the beach area, is mostly comprised as a public area with picnic tables, walking trail and parking lot. Quite recently, naturalists have raised issues of over human interaction with some sections of the park. This interaction has introduced several invasive species and led to a clear intrusion into the non-pathed section. There is a section in the document about how to manage this issue and how the City of Burlington has tried to correct it. However, there is still much to be said and much to do. If you would like to read more about Red Rocks, I suggest that you visit this link: http://www.sburlrecdept.com/documents/RedRocks.ManagementStudy.pdf


Mazowita, Sophie. “Red Rocks Park: Working towards a community-based management plan.” April 2013. PDF.

Green Pond Pictures

•November 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Green Pond and Red Rocks

•November 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The transition between Summer and Winter, there are many changes within the natural world. Us humans are lucky to bear witness to the thing called Fall.

In western Connecticut, there lies a small body of water, Green Pond. In Summer, humans have the control of the area. Lackadaisical beach days make up the entity of the pond, but come Fall, the power changes. The water temperature decreases from a warm 70º to a frigid 45º and no longer do humans come visit. There is only the occasional dog and his owner, who are able to view the bustling chipmunks and squirrels scramble for nuts and berries, storing them in their nests in preparation for the Winter. The birds that have not migrated yet, or will not, remain and those with open ears and eyes can spot these small creatures. Rarely seen without their mate, these little guys supply themselves with seeds to support themselves over the winter. The fallen leaves are the few remaining occupants of the grass, now long and scraggly, ignored and allowed to run wild. The bugs that had previously existed have either died after laying their eggs, or are is the midst of doing so.

250 miles North of Green Pond is Lake Champlain. Along the edge is Red Rocks Park. Like Green Pond, in Summer, there are many human visitors to this area, flocking to catch a glimpse of the dazzling Champlain sunset. But in Fall, there are few newcomers to this area. Dogs are commonly seen, sniffing out the squirrels and other rodents that hide underneath the dense leaf cover. High above, hawks dance above scouting out nesting spots and prey, with their mile-far eyesight. On the water, bass boats line the shoreline until the end of the season. The changing water temperature creates a new environment for the many species that live within the deep water. Many have experienced this change before, but there are also many that have not and must learn from other organisms how to survive.

Each place has their own signature thing that distinguishes from another, but they are very alike. Lake Champlain and Green Pond, only a fraction of the many ecological places that are here on Earth.


Green Pond

•November 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Whoosh. The slight breeze from the South glides over the open water. The autumn leaves bristle; disturbed from their short term resting place. A pair of songbirds dance with one another, as they cross the pond. Underneath them, hidden from all but the most watchful eyes, lie bass and other fish. These aquatic creatures can be seen for a second when they lunge from the water to grab a bite to eat. The food they feast on comes in the form of small bugs that swarm and hover over both land and water. Though numerous, these small beings are quickly brushed aside when the breeze comes back. They are relentless buggers; when the breeze vanishes, they come back as quickly as they left. High above, the clouds pass across the baby blue sky. For up here, time is forever, the clouds go wherever the wind takes them. Quite contradictory, small biplanes that share the air go wherever they please, untethered to a will of another. This is the way Green Pond works. Everyone and everything interacts with each other–the fish and the bugs, the wind and bugs, and the clouds and planes.

But this is only Fall. There are still three more seasons to be witnessed.

Winter is coming.

Green Pond. Sherman, CT

•November 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment


•November 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Yesterday, I went to Red Rocks in order to do my event map. Once I arrived, I saw that the recent northern storm had its effects on the natural area here. As you can see in the previous post, branches were down, trees were cracked, and the ones that blocked the pathways were cut up and piled on the side. In addition, there Northern red oak that I had spotted before has now changed and is quite colorful. It is a mixture of green, orange, and muddled brown. While not quite a sight to behold, it is unique.

Here are some photos that I took. (Top to Bottom): Cut up Eastern white pine, scattered Ewp branches, cracked tree, changed Norther red oak leaves

November Update: Event Map

•November 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A Poem

•November 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

One visit, I thought that a poem should be written for this place. For its beauty, wonder, and uniqueness.

Crunchy little rocks

Lake Champlain I see a far

Red Rocks Park is here


Hand Sketch

•October 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Here is my sketch of my phenology area. The most noticeable feature is the rocky sandbar that runs the length of the beach. From what I can see, this feature goes out probably 50ft. and then it deepens. This deeper portion is where the sailboats are.

On another note, there are few species that stand out. I have seen the occasional squirrel that disappears into the bushes, and I’ve also heard many songbirds throughout the forest section. Either they hide really well, or I just have terrible eyes, I can’t find them.

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