Red Rocks Park March Visit

Wetland, woodland, or wildland?

If I were to classify Red Rocks Park with the three categories of wetland, woodland, or wildland it would most likely fit the characteristics of the wildland environment with a hint of a woodland environment. My phenology spot unlike many other has cliffs that run along the shores of Lake Champlain. It also has lots of gullies or water-worn gorges. Luckily Red Rocks Park dose does not have such high temperatures and dry soil to cause forest fires to occur, but this means based on its location as well as openness it gets hit with harsh weather conditions. Some of them are whipping winds, heavy rain and snowfall in colder months. Walking through the woods located here, especially in the summer,  is very soothing to the mind, body, and soal due to the green vegetation surrounding you as well as the peacefulness of bird calls being heard softly in the distance. The reason why it has elements of a woodland environment is that there can be beech and types of maple trees found in the woods of Red Rocks Park. It is however not a wetland for this area does not contain pounds, cotton grass, cattails, marsh grass or any natural muck.  The only exception is in the months of migration ducks, which are found in marsh grass areas, come to the shore side Red Rocks Park as a stopping point on their journey to warmer weather. Ultimately the purpose of this protected area was meant for citizens living in Burlington or other towns to have an accessible place where they can take a few minutes out of their to enjoy and unwind in this lushes environment. They have areas dedicated for families to barbeque their food while providing picknick tables to sit at, trails maintained for people to travel on, a beach area to swim at, and cliffs for the adventurous to jump off over.

Traveling to Red Rocks Park in the month of March was quite refreshing. As I walked to my phenology spot the paths that were once frozen over with ice and snow has now mostly melted leaving a muddy trail to step on. With the little snow that remains human and canine footprints can be seen. As I approached my destination I noticed that most of the sun that shines on Lake Champlain had melted the snow that surrounded the Eastern White Pines trunks, yet a little white dushing was still on the bottom of the trunk since they didn’t get any exposer to the sun.  Some of the remaining snow had little circle indents which were most likely due to the rain or melting on snow from branches above. Another noticeable difference from the last visit was the frozen soil on the ground was very soft, soggy, and smooshy due to the influence of water received.

The substrate of the land located a Red Rocks Park was that there where lots of fallen trees located in areas with dense vegetation. Most were very long, tall, and thin trees that looked as though they were ripped from their anchor of a trunk. These fallen branches can be used for wildlife as a den for mating or a shelter that can protect them from other predators. Another noticeable aspect was that the pinecones that have been on the ground for the harsh months of winter have had their seeds eaten as well as have had the color and health sucked out of them.  I believe that once the pinecones and the fallen trees in the area have used these to the creators beneficial gain of survival over time the natural substances will decay and go into the understory.

When looking at my phenology spot through the BioFinder program I discovered that the land was a hundred percent conserved environment. The vegetation the area had a lot of mixed forest, deciduous forest, and evergreen forest. Along the shore of Lake Champlain, there was lots of Palestine scrub-shrub that can be seen. The species and natural communities in the protected environment had a high percentage of the rare plants, which is the pink and yellow lines that extend outwards into Lake Champlain. The animals species which is the blue colored lines, exceed the parks barriers entering urbanized areas. One of those wildlife species being deer. The orange color in the image symbolizes the scale of the habit that is being preserved. The purple colored line that travels around the cliffs of Red Rocks Park is the presence of the natural community.