Deciduous trees are harder to identify now that they’ve lost their leaves, however, identification can still be done! I found some twigs laying about at my site and I believe I know where they came from.
Here we have the twig of a white oak tree. Check out the ending of the twig, that edge is specific to oaks.
There was also a twig belonging to a red maple found in my site. I could tell it’s a red maple because of the bud at the end.
I then drew a sketch of this twig and labeled the parts I recognized .
I noticed that there were not many deciduous tree twigs lying around my site. I soon realized it was because a lot of the litter on the ground was needles or twigs from Eastern White Pines. Conifers are far more dominant at my site.
Now that the ground is covered in a fresh layer of snow, it is far easier to see the tracks that animals leave behind. The wildlife activity is more obvious than ever before! I immediately saw bird tracks when I arrived at my phenology site. If I was a bird I’d fly every where but this little guy must of had other ideas.
I was also able to find tracks for deer. I find it amazing how such a large creature walked right through my phenology site, and only left a few clues for me to find.
There was also a rabbit hanging out in my site last night. I know this not just from tracks everywhere, but I also found some scat!
It is a new year, and with that new year comes a cold winter. My phenology site is right in the thick of winter right now. It’s not hard to tell because there is snow everywhere. The entire ground is covered, no grass or dirt showing at all. The deciduous trees have all lost their leaves, and are left naked in the cold. However, my site has an overwhelming amount of conifers, specifically Eastern White Pines, so there is still the green from needles when you look up.