As I went on my final journey to my phenology spot, I start to notice the real signs of spring. The trees have come alive! A large chunk of the trees in my spot have began to start budding. Trees that began budding were black cherry, paper birch, white oaks, and even sugar maples. As for the mammals I observed, I was lucky enough to see the campus snowy owl on one of the buildings in front of centennial woods. Hopefully centennial woods is the home to this gorgeous creature. At my spot however, I was able to spot a grey squirrel and a chipmunk. For the amphibians, I was able to spot a wood frog hopping near the stream at my site. As the climate began to change, green has began to scatter the ground. Some tall grasses regained some color on the other side of my stream. In addition, a patch of lilies sparkled their yellow colors right next to the stream bank. My spot felt a lot more welcoming with all of this newfound vegetation recovering from the harsh winter. Centennial Woods, for me, is the best possible place for UVM students to escape and take a moment to relax. The outdoor culture of Vermont and my phenology spot are incredibly intertwined. First off, the woods prove to be a fantastic place to learn about the ecology of Vermont. In NR 1 and NR 2, we talked about and visited centennial woods quite a bit! In addition, Centennial Woods has a well maintained path to allow anyone in the area to explore a small glimpse of the natural beauty Vermont has. I personally believe that Centennial Woods was a fantastic way for me to connect with nature. Every time I stumble onto my site, I feel like it is MY site. I know the landscape and where the trees are (and what species they are) without looking. I have become incredibly comfortable being alone in the woods doing nothing but observing. For me it was an escape from all of the stress school caused me. At this point, I would 100% say that I am part of my phenology spot for all of the reasons I have stated above. In addition, I feel like this because I frequent the spot so often that it feels like the forest welcomes me when I walk on the premise and it really is an indescribable feeling.. I just feel right when I am there, and I advise all of you to take a stroll down to my stream so you can all experience the beauty of this spot.
Thanks again for stickin’ with me throughout my phenology adventures! I hope you all have a great summer and find time to explore the wild.
THIS IS BEN LEVY SIGNING OFF…. FOR THE LAST TIME. 🙂