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Posted: February 4th, 2019 by ecunniff

Unfortunately I did not get any good pictures of buds, however I did write down the buds I saw around and Identified their characteristics. A very apparent bud I saw was the American Beech. A smooth twig with orange/brownish buds. The buds were lateral and divergent as well. Personally these are my favorite buds because they are aesthetically pleasing. Other buds I observed and recorded were red maples which as you can imagine have red buds with a more rough texture. Another bud I observed was a white oak bud, with a leaf still in tact, which gave it away for me. This bud was blunt and rough as well.

Returning to my Place

Posted: February 4th, 2019 by ecunniff

After a long break I made my way black to my spot in centennial Woods. I had come to my spot of two occasions in search of tracks. The first time I fell short, as there was only dog tracks and human footprints that I could find. When I later came back I seemed to have no luck again. However I strayed a little away from my spot and off a path where I found the tracks of what I imagine to be a cottontail rabbit. The tracks match perfectly to those of a rabbit but I knew it could not be a snowshoe hare, because of the size of the tracks. The prints were on the smaller side and from what I could tell they only had three apparent toes unlike the hare.

A History of Centennial Woods

Posted: December 14th, 2018 by ecunniff

The spot that I chose is now known as Centennial Woods. Indigenous people once occupied the land where it can be assumed they utilized the streams for water and other resources. However upon colonization, things changed. The land was most likely clear cut at one point like most areas in Vermont were, for agriculture, like sheep farming. However in the next century succession began and new and old plant communities began to flourish once again. In the 1970’s the University of Vermont bought the land and declared it as a natural area, open to the public.



My visit on 11.13.18 after the snow!

Posted: November 14th, 2018 by ecunniff

Waiting for the sun to set :)

Posted: November 14th, 2018 by ecunniff

Some signs along the way

Posted: November 14th, 2018 by ecunniff

A creative poem

Posted: November 14th, 2018 by ecunniff

I enter from the south

Through winding down hill paths

I step across tree roots

And leap over large rocks

My spot has changed since last

The leaves begin to fall

The ground now hard and rough

The wind now chill and brisk

But despite the colder weather

Or snowfall soon to come

This place still feels like home

This place is what makes me me.


Birds Eye View

Posted: October 22nd, 2018 by ecunniff

Centennial Location

Posted: October 8th, 2018 by ecunniff

My Phenology Spot

Posted: October 8th, 2018 by ecunniff

I enter Centennial Woods from the main entrance. The path leads down a mild decline as it curves to the right. Roots stick out and rocks are visible under the dirt. I come into a flat and somewhat open area surrounded by trees. The ground is mostly dirt and rocks, with some grass. There is a dead and fallen tree to the right. I stand in the middle of this opening. This is the center of my spot. There are buckthorn planets on the edge of the clearing, as well as some ferns. The trees consist mostly of Boxelder, Northern Red Oak,  a Sugar Maple, and some Ash. 

As I entered the area a chipmunk ran off, and robins flew from tree to tree. I chose this place because it is peaceful. It is a place I find myself in often for both NR and Ecology of Place. In addition it is a great place to go to when I need some fresh air or to clear my mind.

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