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Dcloster Phenology Blog


Posted: December 6th, 2018 by dcloster


Information from UVM Library Research Guides and UVM



Map-  BurlingtonGeograpic http://www.uvm.edu/place/burlingtongeographic/maps/interactive/index.html

Map-  (n.d.). Retrieved December, 2018, from https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jamison, PA/@40.2470394,-75.0718115,15.63z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c6a96f070fa463

Map-(n.d.). Retrieved December, 2018, from https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jamison, PA/@40.2470394,-75.0718115,15.63z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c6a96f070fa463:0x88ae7715dc5e8a73!8m2!3d40.2548974!4d-75.0890348

Human’s in Centennial Woods

Posted: December 5th, 2018 by dcloster

Centennial Woods is a 65-acre plot of land owned by the University of Vermont it was obtained from many individual landowners. There have been and still are many human uses on the land. Today when wandering through the woods there are clean trails, telephone poles, and leftover trash all signs of human use. But the use of this land goes back to the late 1800s to the early 1900s. During this time the land was used for farming and logging. In that time period, the Vermont economy was fueled by agriculture and logging. A photo from Burlington geography in 1937 shows this. A large area of Centennial woods is missing compared to the images today. Also, many of the hardwoods that live in this forest are the same size, showing that they began growing at the same time. Many Vermont students use Centennial woods for labs, research projects, and as an area to relax in. The city of Burlington dumps snow in this area during the winter months. During my last trip to the woods, I saw a lone doe just hanging out 75 yards away from me. The doe did not run away from as I walked by. The deer non-existent reaction to me shows that wild animals are used to seeing human traffic.

Centennial Woods 1937








Centennial Woods 2018



New location

Posted: November 26th, 2018 by dcloster

My new phenology location is located on Watson Rd and Rutland Rd. The area is very open and large. It is used for farming corn in the summer and spring seasons. Often times deer can be seen grazing the fields. Many birds like to hunt over this area in search of prey. In the mornings you can sometimes see a fox running across. I am not sure who owns the land but a local college has there agricultural school right across the street so maybe they own it. This area gives a good picture to what Bucks County looked like 30-40 years ago. If you were to look behind you there is a large development that was put in about 5 years ago. This area was once very rural but recently the farms have been bought by large resistance companies and developments have been put in. Obviously, there are no trees in the area because of the land use. Another animal that likes to pass by is Canadian geese. They like to take breaks and poop all over the field. Over this area is one of my favorite easy to get to spots near my house. It is such a minor thing that many people just drive by without taking notice. But for me, this place means a lot and I love spending the warm and cold minutes there.

My new phenology location is very different from my original location. The new location is located just of a road and I chose it because it is on one of my favorite roads to drive on when I am back home. This location is just an open field. I love driving past it with my windows down blasting my music with friends or when I am alone. Often when the sun is setting I pull over and watch as the sun sets. The road is not a busy one and loves just being alone with thoughts. I pull over where there are no trees, only an open corn field. Often times you will see a few deer grazing or hawks searching for mice. Sometimes there is some roadkill the vulture’s perch on the side of the road, scoring for food on the side of the road. It is very different from my spot in Burlington. In Burlington, my area is surrounded by trees. A small creek running through my hangout spot and a walking trail runs splits the road. The road is Both of my locations are lightly trafficked, but I would say my location in Burlington has less travel than my location at home.




Update 3

Posted: November 5th, 2018 by dcloster

At my location, there have been some changes going on. The leaves have left the trees and are now covering the trail. With the rains, we got this weekend the trail was nice and muddy and Brooke was flowing a bit faster. My sitting log has really begun to rot and it was to wet to sit on today:(. Also, I saw an old birds nest in a tree!








Update 2

Posted: October 22nd, 2018 by dcloster

With fall beginning to change into winter I have noticed some changes at my phenology location. For example, the leaves are beginning to fall and settle on the path and surrounding areas. Allowing me to see a little bit farther each trip. The ground is also getting harder and crunchier. The wind sometimes picks up and sends leaves chasing after each other. Also on my visits, I have noticed some animals. For example, some squirrels looking for some nuts and climbing trees. I have heard birds flying over, and seen a few going from tree to tree. Also on the dead log, I sit on I have seen a few small insects wondering around.


Update 1

Posted: October 8th, 2018 by dcloster

My location is located in the centennial woods. More specifically it is about 5o yards from crossing over the creek. The specific location is on a fallen tree. I chose this spot because I liked how the ferns moved up the hill. Also, I liked the view of the tree and the large trees around me. This spot reminded me of a location near my house. Visiting brings back some fun memories from home. The way I get to my spot is by biking from my dorm to the front of the trail. From there I park my bike and follow the path until I get there. Like I said before there are ferns, poison ivy, barberry, and large maples, and pines.


Phenology Location

Posted: October 1st, 2018 by dcloster


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Posted: October 1st, 2018 by dcloster

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