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Phenology Blog Sam Preble

Written Description of How to Get to New Phenology Place

Posted: February 4th, 2019 by jpreble

Enter Centennial woods through the main entrance and continue on the main trail until you reach an open marsh. Once you have reached this open area diverge off the trail and cross the marsh this is my new phenology spot.

Land Use History

Posted: December 7th, 2018 by jpreble

As I expected, Centennial Woods has been used for various purposes over the centuries. Long before European settlers, Native Americans had been inhabiting the area. There is evidence in this in the spearheads that have been uncovered in the woods. Next, there are old bunkers in the woods that can be traced back to structures used for training the Green Mountain Boys. It has also been used for private farming throughout the years. There is evidence of this because there are lots of spots of Wolf Pines and they usually grow only in open pastures, which proves those areas were open land once. You can also find barbed wire in parts of the woods, which was used in farming and land separation (“The Changing Landscape”). The University of Vermont Land Trust Protects some, but not all of the woods. Today, the land is used by the citizens of Burlington, which includes the students at the University of Vermont and Champlain College. There is a lot of foot traffic on the trails, but off the trails is left mostly undisturbed. Mountain biking, walking, cross-country skiing – the uses of the land today are endless.

The Changing Landscapes of Centennial Woods Natural Area: A Field Guide [PDF].University of Vermont Natural Areas. University of Vermont Environmental Program, http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmsc/Centennial%20Woods/Changing_Landscapes_Centennial_Woods002.pdf.

First Big Snow

Posted: November 28th, 2018 by jpreble

Fox Prints?

Posted: November 28th, 2018 by jpreble

Wolf Pine

Posted: November 28th, 2018 by jpreble

Creek at Phenology Spot

Posted: November 28th, 2018 by jpreble

Posted: November 27th, 2018 by jpreble

Rock Stack at new phenology place

Posted: November 27th, 2018 by jpreble

Location of New Spot

Posted: November 26th, 2018 by jpreble



Posted: November 26th, 2018 by jpreble

It is easy to make comparisons between my old phenology spot here at UVM and my new phenology spot near my house. For starters, one is in the woods and one is near the ocean. The old spot had many different trees. Near the beach, there aren’t many trees. At most, there are bushes that border the beach. Another difference between the two sites is the number of rocks and the composition of the ground materials. At the woods spot, the ground is composed of decaying leaves, dirt, branches and mud. At the beach, there are really only rocks and rocks that have been ground up. A major similarity between the spots is land use. They are both used for recreational purposes. In Centennial woods, it’s a public area people use to go on walks and enjoy nature. My beach is the same. The most it is used for is for the people in my neighborhood to walk their dogs and go on little walks of their own. Another similarity between the two phenology spots is the presence of water. While there is obviously more water at the ocean spot, the small creek near my centennial woods spot also contains water.

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