My Final Visit

As my time visiting my phenology spot comes to a close, I’m grateful for the moments I got to simply observe nature and spend time at this beautiful site. My spot on the Winooski River is an excellent example of how nature and culture intertwine. Individuals use this area to go on walks with family and friends, go fishing, or to just enjoy the beauty of the area. Throughout my research for this project, I learned that when Vermont was first being colonized, the Winooski river was commercially fished often, which benefited the local economy. Culture has been deeply ingrained in this site since the beginning. After my many visits to my phenology site, I would consider myself a part of my place. I have left many footsteps in the mud, breathed in the air around me, and perched on rocks just observing my surroundings. I definitely feel an attachment to my spot and I am thankful for the peaceful moments I got to experience simply observing nature around me.

Published in: on May 5, 2018 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  

April 16th

My site appears to have changed very little since my last visit. There was a small coating of snow on the ground and it was slightly raining, freezing any potential budding plants and roots. I was unable to spot any amphibians around at the Winooski River. My visit did not match Mary Holland’s description of spring from Naturally Curious. I was unable to see any budding flowers and plants. Temperatures were not warming, they remained cold and wet. The trees were barren and overall, there was little trace of spring. The closest edges to my site would be the surrounding roads and where the surrounding urban life begins. Although my site is quite urbanized and controlled, forest-interior species such as fir trees grow along the ridge lines. Hopefully within the next few weeks, more signs of spring will be evident.

Published in: on April 16, 2018 at 6:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Podickory Point

          Podickory Point situated between the Bay Bridge and the mouth of the Magothy River is about a half of a mile away from my home in Annapolis, Maryland. This a beautiful area is surrounded by water and has a small beach within it. It is considered a marina for local residents. The site has large rocks that people can walk on to explore the area and fish on. The site contains a lot of natural beauty but there has definitely been an urban impact on the area. The land was purchased with plans to create a marina around 50 years ago and much development has occurred since then. During hurricane Irene, many of the woody plant species at this site were eradicated. A large tulip poplar came down over a covered picnic area. The area was flooded in 2011, the phenological makeup of Podickory Point looks much different as it did before. Many trees were removed around that time and tall grasses such as fountain grass, pampas grass, etc. were planted around the marina. When I visited this site over spring break on one moderately cold evening, there was little bird activity. I usually am able to spot seagulls and at times, blue herons. This site similar to my spot on the Winooski River, as it has undergone a lot of urban development. Additionally, they are both areas where people can enjoy the beauty of the places.

embedded map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Podickory+Point,+3,+MD+21409/@39.0334139,-76.4075156,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b80327307b55ab:0xcf5ff090d39a321c!8m2!3d39.0331667!4d-76.4080144

 

Published in: on March 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Visit on March 5th

          Based the characteristics of my site, I would classify Salmon Hole as a river cobble shore. This Wetland, Woodland, Wildland’s category type fits my phenology place’s ecological description well. The area is dominated by various rocks and stones types. There is a lot of sediment and sand along the water’s edges. Additionally, vegetation is limited along the shore line.

          My site has not changed dramatically since my last visit. Yet, one can see that much of the snow and the ice covering portions of the water has melted. It appears that the trails have eroded and there are more fallen branches and woody material perhaps due to the strong winds.

          While using biofinder to assess my sight, I was surprised to see that the area was designated as “high priority” and that it contained rare species. Something that I will look into is what species are designated rare at Salmon Hole and I will keep an eye out for them during my next visit!

Published in: on March 5, 2018 at 8:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Returning to my Site

My site has changed in various ways since last semester. The species of trees are comprised of Eastern White Pines and Northern Hemlocks. Some of the trees are barren, most things are covered in snow, are there are far fewer people at my site. Most of the tracks I witnessed at my site were those of dogs, as this site is a place where many go on walks and just witness the area’s beauty. 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. Hopefully I will be able to witness plants flowering and sprouting as the temperatures warm.

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.

Photo:

Millard, J. P. (n.d.). The Online Resource for Historians, Educators, Students and Visitors Retrieved December 09, 2017, from http://www.historiclakes.org/towns/burlington_gallery.htm

Information:

Goguen, M. (2014). Mills & Factories. Retrieved December 09, 2017, from http://www.uvm.edu/~hp206/2013/pages/goguen/index.html

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:

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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.

Changes:

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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