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April

Today, everything at my site was covered in a slushy layer of snow, and there was a lot of water everywhere from the large amount of precipitation Burlington has received within the past couple of days. There were no wildlife tracks at my site, and there were little to no signs of spring because the trees on my site have not begun to flower yet, and there are also no signs of amphibians at my site either. I could hear the birds chirping, and some ferns were poking through the snow layer. My phenology spot is right on the edge of  small clearing, but the nearest edge on the other side of the clearing was about 50 yards away. I would say that my spot is absolutely habitat for interior forest species such as rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks. This is because it is on the edge of a clearing where animals would venture out to look for food or to get fresh water, and my spot would provide cover in the trees as the forest begins to get thicker, while still being close enough to the clearing so the wildlife doesn’t have to travel too far. The edge effect here is that my spot acts as a transition zone from the interior of the forest to the open clearing that is right next to it.                

Spring Break

My phenology site over Spring Break is the small area of woods next to my backyard. These trees have been here since my family moved into my house about 20 years ago. There has always been wildlife activity around this area from squirrels to rabbits to birds to skunks to neighborhood cats. This is very different from my site in Burlington because this site is suburban as opposed to the quiet and tranquil site in Centennial Woods. The wildlife action is similar I would say, but there are no deer in my neighborhood. Also, there was no snow on the ground at home which is very different from all the snow that is up here in Burlington. Also, my backyard is not near any type of wetland whereas my Burlington site is right next to a wetland. Sadly, there was no bird activity at this site when I went out there to take pictures. 

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BioFinder

When I used the Biofinder program to analyze my phenology place, I discovered that my place was of pretty high priority and that it is in an area that covers rare species in the area, so it is very important that my place is maintained properly to conserve the wildlife that is there.

Early March

The phenological changes that occurred at my place since my last visit were that there is not much change since I was last at my spot.There is still snow covering the ground and there were animal tracks visible in the snow. The pool of water that is on my site was not frozen all the way since it has been above freezing the past few days. There were still deer tracks that came from the woods and ventured out across the body of water and through the cattails and across to the other side.

Early March

When referring to Wetland, Woodland, Wildland I would say that my phenology spot is classified somewhere between a wetland and a woodland. I would say my spot is somewhere in between these because it does get dark and cool and areas are mossy. It is right next to a wet area that contains a small body of water and cattails. However, my spot also contains certain aspects that would define it as a woodland area as well because it has hemlocks, beech, and even some maple trees. 

Some of the trees I was able to identify at my site were White Pines, Eastern Hemlock, and Sugar Maple. The twig I chose to capture was that of a Sugar Maple. This tree was located right next to the pool of water that is on my site. There were brown buds on the twig which is how I was able to identify the species.

   

There were many different sets of wildlife tracks found at my Phenology Site. Some of the tracks include white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, a small bird, and dogs. I believe the set of deer tracks belongs to a male due to the evidence of how it was dragging its feet as it walked.

               

Early February

My phonology site was covered with a fresh coating of snow. I noticed that there were several older tracks that I could see prior to this snowfall, but there were also many fresh new tracks that were easy to identify in the fresh snow. I also noticed that the stagnant pool of water located on my site was frozen over and covered in snow as well, and there were numerous tracks on the little frozen pool. mostly all of the trees were bare, but the hemlocks on my site still had some of their leaflets. 

December

For my final post this semester, I wanted to say how I loved seeing my phenology site change since the beginning of the school year. Today there was a light dusting of snow, and it flurried as I walked through Centennial Woods towards my site.

There were lots of small branches on the ground – which is evidence of the strong winds that Burlington has experienced over the past week.

There were a larger amount of pine needles on the ground since my last visit to my spot, and mostly all the trees in my spot have lost all their leaves. There was also an abundance of pine cones on the ground as well.

There was a higher level of water in the stagnant pond, which could be from snow melting or the rain showers from last week.

I also noticed a lot of moss growing on the bases of some trees, fallen trees, and branches on the ground, indicating a large amount of moisture at my site.

    

I stumbled across an animal hole at the base of a white pine. It could be a possible winter den for wildlife at my phenology site.

    

On my way out of Centennial Woods, I looked up and caught a glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker flying from one tree to another. It was a breath-taking experience. What a way to end my semester at my Phenology Site.

 

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