Returning to my Site

My site has changed in various ways since last semester. The trees are barren, most things are covered in snow, are there are far fewer people at my site. Being at my site reminds me of how serene the spot was and I look forward to making more posts over the course of the semester. Last semester, it was difficult to spot animals at my site during the day. Perhaps I now will be able to identify what creatures come to my site due to their tracks or scat.

Published in: on February 12, 2018 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Final Visit

My final visit to Salmon Hole was somewhat bittersweet. As I took final observations of the area, I noticed new features of my site. The soil was a soft, fine sandy type and the trees were completely barren. The site has clearly changed due to development in the surrounding area and the construction of the dam. The Winooski River is surrounded by an apartment complex, a busy street, and several stores. This area is mainly used for recreation. Fishing for both warm water and cold water species in this area is a common activity. Walking and relaxing in this region is also quite popular. There is also a trail that is used people’s enjoyment. This area was previously used for salmon fishing, but there are now regulations to protect the fish species.

The mills in Winooski were beginning to be constructed during the early 1800’s. During a flood in 1830, the original mill and small factory were destroyed. Throughout the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, various mill type infrastructure continued to be built. In 1927, a large flood destroyed many of the mills in this region.

Below is Winooski during 1889. It is interesting to see how much the area has changed due to the addition of bridges, roads, and the dam.


Millard, J. P. (n.d.). The Online Resource for Historians, Educators, Students and Visitors Retrieved December 09, 2017, from


Goguen, M. (2014). Mills & Factories. Retrieved December 09, 2017, from

Published in: on December 9, 2017 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Trail to Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park Trail:

Latitude and Longitude: (39.027733, -76.414115)

Google Map:,+Annapolis,+MD+21409/@39.0277375,-76.4163039,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b802d9d2fc108f:0x8829dbae8841ce37!8m2!3d39.0277334!4d-76.4141152


Leopold and Wright Style-

           A small trail, hidden off the street near a busy neighborhood is only a few minutes walk from my house in Annapolis, Maryland. I walk to my serene spot in the morning, the cool air hitting my face as I travel to this natural area. As I enter the opening of the trail, I see a small deer bolt off the path and into the trees. Here I spot Oaks, American Beeches, and Maples and White Ashes. The air is crisp and smells of soil and leaves after a rainfall. As I continue down the trail, I observe the wet terrain beneath my feet and the fallen leaves the crunch beneath my footsteps. I continue walking in hopes of reaching of reaching the end of the trail that connects to Sandy Point State Park. This trail connects the busy urban life to the tranquility of a quiet beach and serenity of nature. My phenology spot by Salmon Hole feels much more public and has more visitors. The trail near my house feels more private and more secluded. There is more room for self-reflection and quiet observation in my temporary phenology spot here at home. Many of the tree species are similar including red maple and silver maple. I even spotted some poison ivy along the path. They are quite different as one is a forest and one is a river. Yet, both provide a unique and peaceful experience. The joy and beauty of nature reveals itself in both locations.


Published in: on November 29, 2017 at 7:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Third Visit


Winooski River Poem

Frigid gusts of wind

Push the water

Hard and fast

Against the rocks

Scattered among the river.

The trees follow this movement,

Barren branches forced back

By the strength of the wind.


Not much has changed since my previous visit. There appears to be more trash/litter in my area than last time. More leaves have also fallen from the few trees in my spot. The temperature is colder and the wind is stronger. I am interested to see how this will have an impact on the watershed, vegetation, and wildlife.



Published in: on November 6, 2017 at 7:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Second Visit

The leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall from the trees in my site. There are human footprints in the mud next the Winooski River, indicating recent visitors. There appear to be two brown birds, medium in size that are perched on a rock in the upper left hand corner of my site. Additionally, I noticed a grey squirrel near the tree-line on the right sight of my designated region. I’m curious to observe how my site will further change as winter approaches.

Published in: on November 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Intro to Salmon Hole

          My phenology blog is based on the region surrounding the Winooski River called Salmon Hole. I chose this area, as it is located just down the hill from my dorm, Mercy. Here, I observed a wide array of species including silver maple, eastern cottonwood, black ash, red maple, and poison ivy. Additionally, I noticed a lot of driftwood and moss in the region. Salmon Hole is a beautiful, rocky area surrounding by various woody species and young plants. I look forward to further observing my spot that surveys the rippled rocks and currents of the Winooski River.


Published in: on October 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm  Comments (1)  
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