April Phenological Changes

During my visit to my phenology place, I feel that I did not find an accurate phenological account of April because of the coating of sleet on the ground.  Any sort of amphibian sign was covered and I fear that the amphibians may have been negatively affected by this icey precipitate.  Also, because most of the leaf litter was covered by a sheet of ice, the newly blooming wildflowers were covered and most likely damaged.  But, earlier in the week, throughout Burlington flowers in beds as well as the occasional wildflower were beginning to poke out of the ground.