This final post will conclude my time spent at my phenology site. It has been a wonderful learning experience, and eye-opening. The combination of nature and culture in a specific landscape, has taught me more about what a sustainable place should look like. Nature and culture intertwined can create beautiful things, similarly to that found at my site.
Nature and culture are constantly combining and flourishing around my site. Centennial woods is made for the people of Greater Burlington to have a space in which they can escape from the busy city, and relax in solitude. Outdoor recreation is a big part of why most of the trails were created-so that people can run, bike and walk at their own leisure. This calming and tranquil atmosphere would not be possible without the vast abundance of plant and wildlife that inhabits these woods. The trails were made to effect the least amount of habitat possible. At my site specifically, there is a small bridge that leads into a medium sized clearing near a stream. Here, humans are able to view and appreciate the running water and stream bank that is untouched, while animals are able to depend on a viable drinking source. I have seen many squirrels and chipmunks while visiting my site, and we were able to coexist peacefully while they collected food and visited the stream. There are also many tree species that provide shade on hot days for runners, while also serving as a home for other animals. Nature and culture is able to thrive in this area because humans are treating it with respect. Centennial Woods is an area that must be protected, because it offers so many great things for a vast amount of different life forms.
I do consider myself part of my place. If you spend enough time anywhere and put enough dedication into it, you can share it too. I have taken time to research and study that specific place. I visited every season through rain, shine and snow. My phenology site is a special place I can escape to when college is hectic. I am respectful and appreciative of my phenology spot, and grateful for this opportunity. I consider myself part of my place, because I am brining culture to nature. I feel as though I am a the link that is combining these two together, so I must be part of my place.
Some phenological changes I witnessed at my site were; a lot more birds chirping, signs of wildlife (scat), leaf litter decomposed, grass growing back, trees budding and the snow finally all melted away.