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Phenology Blog

Human History

Posted: December 7th, 2017 by cdevereu

Humans have been using the Salmon Hole for many years.  The most obvious detail is the huge dam that creates the slow pool of water that is Salmon Hole.  There were once many salmon running upriver to spawn, but the dam has greatly impeded their spawning ritual.  People have caught these salmon for hundreds of years, but there are not many here now.  Lake Sturgeon were also very commonly found in Salmon Hole, but they can no longer reach their main spawning grounds either.  They were also fished to the brink of extinction.  My goal for the spring is to photograph a lake sturgeon in Salmon Hole.  They spawn around the rocky coves, but there are not many of them.  There are tons of walking trails that go down river of the dam, right through the center of my site.  Despite being in the middle of a city, there are quite a few old growth trees.  The forest is a mess of large trees, rocks, smaller trees and bushes, so it has been relatively undisturbed in the past decades.  A fair amount of garbage and cans lie on the ground.  I have found two wooden shelters as well.  I think that homeless people might stay in the wooden shelters, but I never saw any.  Overall, Salmon Hole is a popular spot for fishing and outdoor recreation even though it is surrounded by city.

Pictures from New Site

Posted: November 26th, 2017 by cdevereu

Thanksgiving Break Writings

Posted: November 26th, 2017 by cdevereu

Part 1 (Leopold Style): I chose this area because it was a place I visited very often (almost every day) before I came to UVM this fall.  It is around 500 feet from my house, up a clear cut hill and into a patch of forest between two fields.  We farm in the field on the other side of the woods, and there is an intersection of four wheeler/tractor trails in the center of the spot I chose.  I have walked or drove across this path thousands of times, working the 3 acre field on the other side.  There was about 3 inches of freshly fallen snow on the ground.  It is easy to pick out deer tracks in the smooth snow.  The dominant tree species is striped maple, along with golden and yellow birch.  This area was cleared years ago, so there are not many overstory trees.  The smaller brush is almost all wild raspberry bushes.  I occasionally eat these berries while walking along the path.  Despite all of the human activity here, signs of wildlife are abundant.  I see signs of deer almost every time I walk through.  I also see a lot of partridge, pileated woodpeckers, chickadees, blue jays, grey squirrels, chipmunks, fox, and the occasional raccoon, bear, or porcupine.  


Part 2 (Holland Style): The first most obvious difference in appearance is the presence of snow at the new location.  It is only about 75 miles from Burlington, but it has a noticeably different microclimate.  The vegetation is much more diverse at Salmon Hole, especially the small shrubs and saplings.  At Salmon Hole I easily found more species than I could identify, while my new location was host to almost nothing but raspberry bushes.  This could be caused by the snow, it might have killed out the less hardy plants leaving behind only the raspberry bushes.  Wildlife is much more abundant at the new location than at Salmon Hole.  The only wildlife I have observed at Salmon Hole are grey squirrels and a few birds.  This could be because of the location of Salmon Hole.  It is surrounded by urban area, while my new location is surrounded by miles of woodlands and mountains.  There are more old growth trees at Salmon Hole, which could mean the area was not clear cut any time in the recent past.  This is unlike the new location, which was primarily striped maple, birch, and young beech trees.  The new location had been cut not that long ago, and the abundant tree species were all evidence of this.  

Link to Thanksgiving Break Location

Posted: November 26th, 2017 by cdevereu


Posted: November 6th, 2017 by cdevereu

Unfortunately, I forgot to take new pictures the last time I visited my site.  So here is the poem I wrote instead.


The wooden stairs lead down

To a hard gravel path

pushed in on either side

by saplings and boulders


A fort of old driftwood

Where someone without home

May have stood

Gives me the creeps


Salmon hole

Hole of salmon

of which none

I have been able to catch

Changes in Wildlife/plant life November 5th, 2017

Posted: November 6th, 2017 by cdevereu

The Winooski River has risen even higher thanks to all the rain we have been getting.  More and more of the bank are hidden beneath the surface.  What was once a thick tangle of leafy undergrowth between the path and the water is now just a barrier of brittle brown stems.  Leaves still cover the ground, but there are not more than last time.  The squirrels  are still hard at work.

Event Map

Posted: November 6th, 2017 by cdevereu

Here is a link to my event map


Changes in Undergrowth, and Wildlife Appearance 10/21/17

Posted: October 21st, 2017 by cdevereu

The colder weather has brought a rough end to many of the smaller green vegetation.  All of the leafy weeds and saplings have either died out, lost their leaves, or turned color to various shades of brown.  Maple leaves cover the ground now, even more than before.  There are huge grey squirrels everywhere.  The exposed rock up the hill from the river must be of interest to them, because there is always a few sitting there or running up and down the rocks.

Site Map

Posted: October 21st, 2017 by cdevereu

Hello world!

Posted: October 3rd, 2017 by cdevereu

My site is located near the Salmon Hole on the Winooksi River.  I usually drive down there, but it isn’t very far.  Head down Colchester Ave and take a left at the light before the bridge, followed by an immediate second left.  The parking lot is the next right.  Follow the bike bath signs until you reach the dirt path that leads down the bank towards the river.  If you find an area where the trail makes a triangle, the farthest downriver corner of the triangle is the center of my cite.  I chose this area because I love rivers.  Something about the constant flow of water and how all the small sources add up to bigger rivers like the Winooski really interests me.

Here is a link to my map         https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vXqbez5NUAJkSMk202FtU_Zonbo&usp=sharing


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