Natural Area Wetland, Woodland, Wildland

After looking at the list of natural communities, my spot appears to be either a Hemlock-Northern Hardwood Forest or a Laurentian-Acadian Pine-Hemlock-Hardwood Forest. There are a lot of pines and hemlocks. There are also mixed deciduous trees that are usually in these forests, including sugar maple and yellow birch. When I searched pictures of these two forests, it looked like a variation of my area. It may be closer to
Laurentian-Acadian Pine-Hemlock-Hardwood Forest since the forest is dominated by pines. The substrate on my spot is mostly saturated, well drained/sandy soil, mostly by the stream. This makes sense because there’s a stream. Hemlock-Northern Hardwood forests usually have well drained soils. Hardwood forests tend to have well drained sandy soils.
Laurentian-Acadian Pine-Hemlock-Hardwood Forest usually has acidic soil, which is why there would be a lot of Eastern White Pines.

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Use of Biofinder

I decided to find my spot on Biofinder. I couldn’t see much, but I did notice that the road next to Centennial is labeled as a highest priority wildlife crossing. Centennial Woods has a great amount of biodiversity/ wildlife.

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Deer

Prancing, trotting, through

Thick sparkled powder

Meanders around pines

Down across frozen waters

Two holes in her stride

Moving in brisk winter

Fleeting tracks left behind

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Blog entry 2/17

It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to my spot. There were a couple surprises on today’s visit. I was wandering a couple of tracks on the left near the fallen hemlock. I encountered a group of spherical scat. I remembered first thinking it was a porcupine but it looked similar to a deer, although I didn’t see any deer tracks. I had followed the path of an animal that had walked along the brook bank. I had followed the tracks to until it stopped under a log. I had seen a squirrel jumping around and had later seen its tracks. I see its tracks led to a tree it had climbed. There were multiple snow mysteries I’m still trying to make sense of. I had also seen another group of the same kind of scat.

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Drawings of Buds

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List of Deciduous Trees with buds found

  1. Sugar maple
  2. Red maple

There weren’t many I found due to a lot of the trees being tall and the buds being out of reach. You will find the pictures of the buds on my Burlington pictures and videos page.

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Blue tint

The snowy pictures showed a range of shades of blue as the sun bathed its light and shadow on the powder.

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Blog entry 2/1/19

There was a lot of snow cover today. It was difficult to distinguish the land from water. I noticed fresh tracks scattered on the snow. It was still challenging to identify the tracks. I used the ruler on the back of my book to measure the straddle. I had noticed first an animal had galloping tracks. I presumed it was a squirrel, most likely gray, it had larger prints. The squirrel may have went to get its nuts. I then noticed an animal that had gone in a diagonal pattern. I think it was a fox trying to hunt. I noticed small scat sprinkled and holes in the snow. The holes could have been mice, vole, or other small animals moving in and out of the snow. The fox may have been looking to find food. It was circling around the fallen hemlock along the frozen covered waters. Away from the waters I found what could have been rabbit tracks. I also found deer tracks. They were moving but I couldn’t track where they were going. A lot of tracks faded. I heard loud bird noises and I plan on identifying the birds soon.

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Frozen January

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Winter Tracking

I have a new page that will focus on winter tracking. It will have a gallery of pictures of tracks and scat that I have found. I’m in the process of identifying the tracks and later the scat. It will have labels once I identify the animals.

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