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Justine's Phenology Blog

February 5

Posted: February 4th, 2018 by jhennin1

During the first visit to my penology site this semester I was able to discover some raccoon tracks. What made them the most distinct was the claws that were present as well as The combination of big and small paws.

I was able to identify and sketch sugar maple twigs which are easy to identify due to their bud color being brown.


Since last semester The area has definitely become less active with wildlife except for what seems to be an increase in the pileated woodpecker. The trees in the area seem to be withstanding the winter cold very And they provide homes for many creatures such as squirrels to stay warm in.


December 9

Posted: December 9th, 2017 by jhennin1

The area where my dorm is now was not always owned by the University of Vermont. Originally, it was owned by Trinity College of Vermont. Around 90 years, this college opened up. In order for the dorms and school buildings to be build, trees had to have been cleared.

Though the area is still pretty wooded behind the dorms, I do not believe that there has been much reforestation since the college was built.  Since it was a college prior to now, I assume the majority the activities students do around the area has remained the same. Many students can be found wondering in these woods during the day, especially during the warmer days. There are great hill in the area, so I assume a lot of sledding and other winter actives took place when it snowed.


Today the area is very important due to the all the students that live here. There can very often be liter found in the woods, due to the carelessness of some students.

November 29

Posted: November 28th, 2017 by jhennin1

In a city covered in a concrete one can often lose their connection with the natural world. However, in this city, there is one place you can go to rekindle this connection.

You can walk along the designated paths, over hills, by many trees, or sit and relax and observe others.

The pond is still due to crispness of the fall weather. Mallard ducks and Canada geese glide through the water. Squirrels frantically scurry around, trying to find winter meals to hide around the park. The wildlife here is as busy and rushed as the people around the city.

However, there is a peacefully in the contrast  of the stillness of the park compared to the rest of the city. People find themselves here in moments they carve to be lost in another world.

Though the flora park is no longer living the bare trees create obscure artwork over the land. Something intriguing for your eyes and mind to be consumed by, expanding your curiosity.

There is so much excitement in observing people interact with each other in a natural space. I begin study two people sitting on a bench. I wonder what they are thinking.

In a city covered in a concrete one can often lose their connection with the natural world. However, in this city, there is one place you can go to rekindle this connection, it is Central Park.









November 6

Posted: November 5th, 2017 by jhennin1

October 23

Posted: October 22nd, 2017 by jhennin1

The leaves have not fully changed, however beautiful bits of yellow have begin to consume the green leaves of the hardwood trees.

The area is alive with a variety of woodland creatures. Most of this wildlife includes squirrels, living in nests in the trees, and birds. One day I observed at least four pileated woodpeckers in the area, who flew from tree to tree in search of devious grubs hidden within the trees. One of the most exciting wildlife observations made in the area was of a beautiful Barred Owl, who was resting in a tree early one morning (see picture attached). Sadly, this was a one time experience, as I searched for owl pellets and was unfortunately unsuccessful in finding any.

Barred Owl

October 2

Posted: October 1st, 2017 by jhennin1

I live on Trinity Campus, in the back five. The majority of this area is surrounded by woods. I was lucky enough to have a dorm with a stunning view of the woods behind it. I decided that this would be my oenology are because it is an area I get to see every day and view how is changes throughout the seasons (it is also very easy to assess as well).

The vegetation present in this area is a wide variety of hardwood trees. There are many sugar maples, white oaks, and evergreen trees, such as the Eastern White Pine. The ground is covered with little ground vegetation, though there are some sensitive ferns scattered around. As the location is on a hill, there are a good amount of fallen trees. These trees are covered in fungus, eager to help speed up their decomposition process.

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