2/4/19 Winter Phenology


I’ve decided to return to my phenology spot from the fall, as it is a fairly short walk from my dorm and a relatively unknown location. I noticed on this return visit that the understory seems much more sparse and open. This is undoubtedly due to the heavy snowfall this area has seen in the last few (many) months. While there are many visible tracks at my location, they appear to belong primarily to smaller animals, as I couldn’t find any deer tracks. Among the tracks I followed were squirrels, rabbits, dogs, raccoons, and muskrats. However take these identifications with a grain of salt, as you can never be completely sure. Some of the twigs I managed to identify were sugar maple, and red oak.

I had some issues making the photos I took into viewable files, so instead I attached links to the PDF files.

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12/8/18 Human use

While I couldn’t find any records of human use of my phenology site, the remnants of human use of the area are clear. The forest floor has been cleared of debris, and trees have been cut down, though both appear to have happened many years ago. In the middle of my phenology spot is a large dirt clearing that was been matted down by years of people tramping around. In this clearing is also a manmade wooden bench built onto a cut down tree. A clear remnant of humans on the area is the remains of a high ropes obstacle course, made of wooden blocks, metal wires, and a tire, all hanging from high up on a tree. Now the area is used as a cut through to the golf course and a small natural hangout spot for students.

11/26/18 Rhode Island Phenology

The Phenology spot I visited over break was Wilbur Woods in Little Compton RI, 30 min from my house. Attached below are some pictures of the area as well as a google map showing the location.


(Photos by Kyle Webb, 2018)

Wilbur Woods is a medium sized wooded area of Little Compton RI. It is home primarily to Oaks, red in particular. There are very few coniferous trees in this forest, but the ones that are present are Atlantic white cedar and eastern white pine. Also present are various beech species as well as the occasional birch. The forest floor is almost completely cleared in the main walking area. This area is home to many pathways around the woods as well as a stream and a small pond. There was a disappointing lack of wildlife during my visit aside from a few squirrels, though it was the coldest day of the week so it is not all that surprising, or maybe the man and his two dogs I met on one of the paths scared them off. However, I did notice the presence of deer tracks along some of the paths and my friend and I heard the unmistakable sound of a woodpecker chipping away at a distant tree.

This phenology spot shares some similarities to my spot here on campus. For example, both spots are hosts primarily to deciduous trees and both have cleared forest floors. Both sites have very clear human impacts and attractions. Much like the main clearing in my UVM site that has turned over logs and a constructed bench to sit on, Wilbur woods is home to multiple small fireplace areas with stone benches. There is also a few bridges that cross over the stem at various points. However, Wilbur Woods is a much larger area, and is therefore home to a wider variety and higher populations of wildlife. Also dissimilar are the compositions of the forests themselves. Wilbur woods is dominated primarily by Oaks and beeches, while my spot here at UVM is composed mostly of maple trees and some oaks. Also, Wilbur woods’ trees have retained more of their leaves than my UVM spot. This is likely because Rhode Island has received significantly less snow and rain than Vermont has as well as have a higher daily temperature by close to ten degrees.

11/5/18 Phenology Blog and Poem

This weeks visit to my phenology spot wasn’t too different from last weeks, only much grayer and wetter. The constant rain over the last few weeks has worked to remove most of the leaves from the deciduous trees, leaving sparse branches of mostly brown leaves. The conifers, though they are few, stand tall with all their pines. There were still no signs of any animal other than squirrels and chipmunks. I’m not one for poetry, however I feel that because I took pictures during my last visit, something new is warranted, so I’ve prepared a haiku:

Mud paths mark the way.

Leaves fall with the wind and rain.

Nothing but rodents.

11/5/18 Phenology Event Map

(Drawn by Kyle Webb, 2018)

10/22/18 Phenology

(Drawn by Kyle Webb, 2018)

When I revisited my phenology site, I noticed that the trees colors were getting darker and the branches looked much more bare. As the temperature continues to drop, the bright oranges and yellows I observed the first trip were mostly gone and replaced by bleak browns, and the large dirt clearing was almost covered in fallen leaves. There were no signs of any wildlife other than squirrels and the occasional chipmunk, and the amount of trash had sadly increased.

The Redstone (Loft) Woods

What is up bloggers? Welcome to my blog. For my phenological location I chose the clearing in the woods out behind the Redstone Lofts, next to the golf course. There are two ways to get there, one is to follow the path that runs next to the athletic center until it bends to the left, to the right at this bend is a small path into the woods that leads directly to it. The other ways is from the opposite side of the Redstone lofts. At the large parking lot behind Simpson and the other Redstone dorms is a path around some tall grasses. I chose this spot because I used its clearing as a hammock and study spot during the first few weeks.

In these woods there are very few conifers, and the dominant tree species are Norway maples, sugar maples, and red oaks. There are lots of saplings still in the early stages of growing. Many of these saplings are Flowering Dogwood. There are also some long grasses and small plants that I cannot identify. I will include a picture of one of the prevailing species of these small plants below, along with pictures of the general area. Next to the clearing there is also a small drainage pond surrounded by tall grasses, bushes, and small trees.

There is lots of evidence of human impacts here. There was a disappointingly high amount of trash when I visited, which I plan on cleaning up during my next visit. Also there is a small fire pit in the clearing next to a wooden bench and fallen tree. Next to the clearing are the remnants of an old high ropes obstacle.


(Photos by Kyle Webb, 2018)


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