I chose a spot in the woods behind my house in Bolton, CT. This area is located in a public drinking water area and hunting and trapping are forbidden on the premises. This place is starkly different from Ethan Allen Park. The composition of tree species in my new place is almost entirely deciduous. The only coniferous trees are saplings and reach barely a foot off the ground. White Oak makes up most of the forest. The large presence of white oak and the abundance of moss suggests that the soil is quite wet. Soils in my place at Ethan Allen Park are most likely drier because of the abundance of Eastern White Pines. There are a few stand alone red maple, yellow birch, and beech trees. Other key features include snags and fallen logs which are entirely absent from my place at Ethan Allen Park. The snags and fallen logs have holes in them that show evidence of wildlife such as pileated woodpecker and possible small rodents. While I explored my new place, I noticed a significant difference in wildlife from Ethan Allen Park. Birds such as bluejays, American crows, and black-capped chickadees populated the trees. I also saw several chipmunks scurrying through the leaves. At Ethen Allen Park, squirrels were the only animal I saw.
Ethan Allen Park is a place that is open to the public. My place is obviously well managed and the human presence in the nearby area also impacts the phenology at my site. Not much change and little wildlife presence is not a surprise because of this. On the other hand, my place in CT is the complete opposite. The area is characterized by limited access and never receives much human activity. I was perhaps the first person to walk through in years. Because of this, the area is much more wild and much more suitable for wildlife as made evident by the various species I encountered and the numerous snags, fallen logs, and woody shrubs.