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Am I Part of Ethan Allen Park?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2017 by bgluhosk

Throughout my first year at UVM, I periodically visited Ethan Allen Park and observed the landscape. I identified animal and plant species, discovered the social significance of the park, and even discovered methods of comparison to a different site near my home in Connecticut. However, I do not believe that I spent enough time in Ethan Allen Park to consider myself a part of it. My visits were too spread out and sometimes I did not stay very long because the weather was not pleasant. Perhaps if I chose a phenology site closer to UVM, then I would feel more connected to that particular place. I enjoyed my time in Ethan Allen Park and learned a great deal about the natural and cultural history of the location, but I do not consider myself to be a part of it.

Final May Update!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2017 by bgluhosk

Hey everyone, this will be my final update for my phenology blog. May has arrived and with it, the buds on the black locust tree have begun to open up! Also, people have come back to spend time in the park during the nice weather. Unfortunately, I was not able to observe any wildlife during this last visit but many migratory bird species are making their way back up to (and through) Vermont! Also, as previously discussed in an earlier entry, Ethan Allen Park has a rich cultural history for a park. The tower, built on Indian Rock, served as an Algonquin lookout. In the 1920s, the park was a hub for entertainment, including concerts, picnics, dances, and parties with bootleg liquor (Prohibition Era). In the 1950s, an ice rink was installed as an additional attraction. Since then, the park has been a place for locals to enjoy the trails, playground, and picnic areas.

 

Since the branches of the black locust tree are too high for me to get a decent photograph of, here is an image of what the flowers will look like very soon!

 

Spring Update!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 14, 2017 by bgluhosk

There was a noticeable difference during my most recent visit to Ethan Allen Park. First of all, the ground was no longer muddy and wet compared to prior trips. Also, some grass was poking through the leaf litter. Although the trees were not flowering yet, the buds appeared to be larger than normal, suggesting that the flowering process will begin shortly. There were no wild flowers found in or around my site and I could not find any evidence of amphibian activity.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2017 by bgluhosk

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.

Spring Break Visit Home

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2017 by bgluhosk

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.

Biofinder

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2017 by bgluhosk

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since my last visit…

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2017 by bgluhosk

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.

A Natural Community

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2017 by bgluhosk

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.

Gettin’ Twiggy With It

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2017 by bgluhosk

There is only one deciduous tree in my place; a black locust tree. The branches were too high for me to photograph but here is an image of a twig.

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Also here is a diagram of a black locust twig.

 

Animal Activity

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2017 by bgluhosk

The first picture, although not quite clear, appears to be squirrel tracks. I found similar tracks in various locations, not just in my place. The pattern seemed to resemble the likes of a galloper which is a characteristic of the gray squirrel. Gallopers land with their hind feet ahead of their front feet.

The second picture is more clear cut. It can be characterized as a dog because of the claw prints and the measurements most closely matched those of a dog. The print measured close to 4 inches which is about double that of most other “dog-like” animals such as the coyote, gray fox, and red fox.

 

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