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Last Visit of the Semester

A small snowstorm occurred several days prior to my last visit to Lone Rock Point. By the time I got there, the snow had just melted, leaving behind a very muddy, moist landscape. The biggest chance in the area that I noticed was the amount of moss that accumulated all over the trees and rocks found there. The moist conditions from the snow allowed the moss to thrive in my plot and all around it. At this point, all of the leaves have completely fallen off of the deciduous trees in the plot. The site is now much more barren than it used to be. The plot still remained fairly lifeless; a squirrel was spotted scurrying across the rocks. However, there were many chickadees surrounding the outskirts of the plot. They seemed to be calling to each other.

Lone Rock Point is surrounded by several human institutions, such as a church, a high school, and the Rock Point School. People from all of these places can always be seen impeding on Lone Rock’s nature, and this could definitely be a reason why some of the area lacks wildlife activity. However, these organizations are known to prevent any major human development in the area. The area of Rock Point bordering the lake is known to have been inhabited by the Abenaki Indians. The Abenaki were eventually removed from the land by early settlers, and the southern side was cleared for a better view of the lake. However, the more northern edge of the area was left untouched, and many Hemlock trees can still be found there. The hill here is known to residents as “Hemlock Hill”, and is in the general vicinity of my phenology plot.

Source: http://www.uvm.edu/place/burlingtongeographic/focalplaces/rp-landuse.php

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