The first image shows squirrel tracks and the second image depicts canine tracks. Pictured next is the only lycopod that managed to stay above snow. Finally, the last picture shows exactly what my site looks like.
Archive for March, 2017
During spring break, I revisited the same location that I went to during Thanksgiving break. This site is in the woods behind my house and is part of a public drinking watershed area. A map showing the exact location can be found in my Thanksgiving post.
I visited this site on Saturday March 18th, a few days after winter storm Stella passed through the Northeast. A few warm sunny days beforehand melted some of the snow therefore but freezing overnight allowed me to walk without sinking. During my visit, I discovered countless squirrel tracks every where. Additionally, I found a set of canine tracks but I was unable to identify the animal that made them. Birds, including black-capped chickadees, blue jays, and red-winged blackbirds could be heard calling in the tree tops. I also saw downy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers and eastern bluebirds flying in the area. In terms of woody plants on my site, the buds seemed to be noticeably larger as if they were beginning to burst. The once visible lycopods were buried under the snow.
Using the biofinder tool, I found several uncommon and rare (S2-S3) plant species in and around my site at Ethan Allen Park. I do not know which species they are but next time I visit I will try to locate and photograph a few. The blue dot is approximately where my phenology site is located and the yellow circles are the general location in which the uncommon/rare plant species can be found.
Not too much has changed since my last visit to Ethan Allen Park. Perhaps the biggest difference is the snow has since melted (Although it has since snowed again). The exposed sandy soil was wet and muddy in a few locations do to the snowmelt and rain. The warmer temperatures also brought more people out to the park for recreation. During my visit, I did not see any new or significant evidence of wildlife other than what I previously noted.
My phenology site at Ethan Allen Park closely resembles a type of natural community called a White Pine Northern Hardwood Forest. An obvious piece of evidence is the abundant number of Eastern White Pine trees located in and around my site. The sandy soil creates ideal conditions for Eastern White Pines to grow. Also, there are several hardwoods including oaks and maples scattered in the woods near my site further suggesting that my phenology site is a White Pine Northern Hardwood Forest. This natural community is listed as S4 by the state of Vermont which means that it is uncommon-common.