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Phenology Blog

Update 3/2/18

Posted: March 2nd, 2018 by cdevereu

It is difficult to classify the natural community at my site.  I think it is a mix of all three.  Most of my site is woodland. The hill slopes down to the water, and is covered in red maples, beeches, and underbrush.  The rock outcrops and expanse of river give the area a sort of wild feel.  The river is huge and slow moving with a small marshy area on the other side.  It doesn’t really seem like a wetland though, it isn’t very marshy and the vegetation is more brambly than marsh grass.    

The ice has melted beside the river, leaving behind a sandy soil littered with leaves and branches.  The water level has risen, probably due to the accelerated snow melt.  Some buds are growing on the smaller red maple saplings and bigger shrubs.  Sand has washed down onto the rocks and into the water, carried down by more snow melt on the riverbank.  

On Biofinder, my site is on the edge of the green area beside the river.  The only layer that shows up here is the landscape scale component, besides the water body layer.  

Update 2/5/18

Posted: February 5th, 2018 by cdevereu

I almost could’t locate my site, it has changed so much since my last visit.  All of the small ground vegetation is totally gone, leaving a flat open area covered by ice and snow.  Chunks of ice were covering what was once a fire pit with a few logs around it.  The ice was broken into shapes anywhere from 2 to 6 feet across, and about a foot thick.  The river is frozen over except where the fastest riffles are.  A few other people were down there this morning before me, one of them had a dog.  I found a few grey squirrel tracks, but not as many as I thought I would see.  I followed a path of cat tracks a few yards.  They looked like bobcat tracks, but I would be surprised if any bobcats lived in an area so surrounded by years of urban development.  They were almost too big to be domestic cat tracks, and they were not dog tracks.

Posted: February 5th, 2018 by cdevereu

Winter Twig Identification

Posted: February 5th, 2018 by cdevereu

Red Maple

Sugar Maple


Wildlife Documentation

Posted: February 5th, 2018 by cdevereu

Domestic dog track

possibly bobcat or stray house cat tracks

grey squirrel tracks

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

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