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NR 001 St. Albans Phenology Blog

Human History

Posted: December 7th, 2017 by icioffi


St. Albans, Vermont has always been known for their farming, with rich, dark loamy substrate that is suitable for cultivation. Settlers used both of my phenology places as farm land, and there is evidence to show that. As you look around you will notice rock walls, or barriers cutting through the land. Over the years, vegetation has built on top and around these walls, but they are still evident. These walls make great places for chipmunks, birds, and especially the invasive species, buckthorn, to create a new home. Throughout the years, this land was used for several different types of farming, and still is to this day. As you trek through the landscape, there are certain areas where you will see evidence of animals. There’s a picture within my blog that consists of old animal bones, which I believe is a cow. It is evident that these bones were here for a great amount of time, since moss has began to decompose them into soil.

The New Phenology Place Writing Prompts

Posted: November 28th, 2017 by icioffi

1) My new place is secluded and is not scene by the human eye every single day. This place is located in the middle of a large plot of farm land with woods woven within. The environment and the feel of the area sucks your soul out of you, forcing you to be one with nature, taking everything in. Taking a deep breath, I fully absorb every piece and pattern surrounding me. I’m not alone. The screech of two red tailed hawks soaring over me warns all species that I have arrived. As the sun creeps out of bed, the wilderness gets more lively. The birds start chirping, the crows start screaming, and the sound starts traveling. No more peace and quiet, all sound consists of wildlife pursuing their day. The chickadees make an appearance chirping away in the wood line, flying limb to limb, tree to tree, getting curious about the strange figure in their home. It appears that humans don’t exist to them as one of them lands on the top of my head, as I stay as still as a statue. The birds come and go, along with a lonely little field mouse, as it crawls up onto my right leg, wondering what this new species was sitting in its grass. All animals are curious as a family of bluejays bounce around, stirring up the leaves behind me, getting feet from my spot. Despite no deer to claim, the beauty of these species, the views of the slow moving sun over the mountains, and the beautiful landscape, are enough to capture my love.

2) My two spots, both in St.Albans VT are special places that consist of similar qualities, but in different ways. My first spot is surrounded by human activity, constantly being monitored to be the best environment, while my other spot is made for hunting, farming, with wide open fields, and pieces of wooded areas. While sitting in my first spot next to my house, an occasional neighborhood cat will make an appearance, scoping out any activity going on. No matter which type of animal or species is living within the environment, they’re all the same. A human life has intruded their territory, they’re curiosity takes over, stretching their comfort zone, getting closer and closer. Whether it’s a blue jay in the forest, a neighborhood cat, or a chickadee, they will work to find out what’s going on. As these animals come closer, I take it in, absorbing their thoughts and actions, they have the right to get closer, I am in their area. Staying still is key, learn from their actions, what they do, how they react to you, it’s a learning experience for both you and the species.

Phenology Place #2

Posted: November 26th, 2017 by icioffi

Photos Taken By Isaac Cioffi

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Posted: November 5th, 2017 by icioffi

Photos Taken By Isaac Cioffi

Event Map

Posted: November 5th, 2017 by icioffi

Drawing By Isaac Cioffi

Birds Eye View

Posted: October 23rd, 2017 by icioffi

The St. Albans Rugg Brook runs right through my site, and the last time I visited was during the very dry days. This time I made a visit after there was rainfall, so the amount of water in the brook increased. Also, slowly I am seeing the number of leaves on the trees decrease and the number of leaves on the ground increase. I am able to see through the buffer zones without any leaves constructing my view. As I lay there in my hammock hung across the two large willow trees, plenty of squirrels jump from branch to branch and make there way down in curiosity. I noticed a male and female cardinal fly there way around, along with many other little chickadee birds and crows. Although, these animals didn’t stay for long as my cat made an appearance.

Drawing By Isaac Cioffi

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Posted: September 27th, 2017 by icioffi

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