Over vacation, I visited Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This center has been around for over 40 years, and the new phenology spot I chose around it was in a relatively fragmented but well forested bit of land.


Despite having a small stream, this area is not a wetland like my spot at the Intervale. It’s a woodland with a large amount of diversity in the trees compared to my usual phenology location and its silver maples.

Here are a few of the mature tree species in this area:


Gray Birch


 American Beech

Red Pine


The forest in this area held many bird’s songs, one of which was the recognizable chickadee that my other phenology location usually houses. However, the American crows I saw in this location are not typical of my usual spot, and neither are the chipping sparrows I heard very clearly.

Here are some tracks made by what I believe is a crow:

Here is a photo of some interesting burrows inside this dead American beech tree, which may be home to some species of bird.

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