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Spring is Sprung

While it is now technically Spring, there really aren’t too many signs of it yet. There aren’t any signs of amphibians, but there are some small green plants starting to come up through the ground, which is a welcome sign. There’s a chance that some of these plants could be wildflowers that have yet to […]

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Spring Break!

During my time home over spring break, I spent time in the River Edge Bird Sanctuary, which is a patch of woods cut in half by the Van Saun Mill Brook in my hometown of River Edge, NJ. A trail runs along one side of the brook. The site is entirely edge habitat, as houses […]

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Phenology in the Dark

To make this trip a bit more interesting, I decided to visit my spot after the sun had set, which is why all the pictures have strange lighting. This made for a much different experience than usual, and I felt more connected to my place than usual. I think the main reason for this is […]

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It’s been a while since I’ve last been here, and so much has changed. One of the most significant changes is the groundcover; there’s snow! Granted, there isn’t more than an inch and it’s only off to the side of the trail because the trail, due to heavy usage, is pretty much a sheet of […]

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Where’s the Snow?

Although it’s not officially winter yet, Centennial Woods is definitely looking very wintery. When I was last here, there were a good amount of leaves off the trees, but now, almost all of the trees have dropped all of their leaves. The Only exceptions to this are some of the diseased maple trees I observed […]

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As I walk along Van Saun Mill Brook on a trail many feet wide, I see many stories playing out in front of my eyes. The first, and most visible, is that of a refuge, designed to provide the residents of suburbia with a place to get away from life. Between the oaks, sycamores, poplars, […]

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Some big changes since my last visit. Fall is here for real now, with the temperatures dropping rapidly and the sun setting very early. Fall is also visible on the trees, as almost all of them have dropped their leaves; the trees that haven’t dropped their leaves yet no longer have green leaves. Another major […]

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Fall is Here

It’s only been two and a half weeks since I last visited, but there’s been so much change. The trees are starting to change color, with the canopy now being a mix of yellow and green, as opposed to the solidly green canopy during my last visit. I noticed that while some of the trees […]

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Welcome!

Welcome to my phenology blog! I chose Centennial Woods as my location for the semester mostly because it’s really easy to access, but also because it has a lot of variety. I know there’s a lot of human activity in Centennial Woods, so I made sure to pick a site that was relatively far from […]

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