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Ryan's Centennial Woods Phenology Blog

November Event Map/Visit Description

Posted: November 8th, 2017 by rfcarr

Unlike my past visits, I arrived to Centennial Woods wearing more than two layers of clothes. It has been extremely cold and wet the past few days, however the weather has not been the only thing to change. I noticed that all of the animals in my area have disappeared. The most noticeable were the birds because it was much quieter than previous visits. By this time of November, most of the leaves lie dead and brown on the ground, with a few still hanging on. All of the conifers have lost the needles of their bottom branches, but still have dense patches of needles at the peak. Another change I saw was in the water levels of the stream. Today, the stream’s width had grown by around 5 feet on each side and the velocity of the water was much greater. There were also many more pools of water sitting around the large boulder I usually sit to relax on. I think this is due to the rain, bringing more runoff into the stream. 

Second Visit w/ Bird’s Eye View (10/23/17)

Posted: October 23rd, 2017 by rfcarr

As the sun went down, the scene became very peaceful in Centennial Woods. The temperatures were shockingly comfortable given it will be November next week. I sat mounted on top of my boulder, taking in everything that surrounded me. The leaves had started to change, but the trees remain mostly green with hints of yellowish brown and reddish orange. The ground looked a lot different, with large piles of dead leaves and needles, coming mostly from the bottom branches of the trees. The top of the trees still had a solid amount of leaves remaining. Most of the grass and ferns coming off the ground had died. Overall it felt a lot more open and much easier to see deeper into the woods beyond. The area I chose remains extremely quiet with a faint sound of running water. While the minutes went by, birds slowly start chirping back and forth at each other. It was so calm that I fell asleep on my rock for twenty minutes before sprinting to class. October in Centennial Woods is extremely rejuvenating. 

First Visit After the Finding

Posted: October 2nd, 2017 by rfcarr

I sit on top of a boulder swarmed in vegetation. Everywhere I look I see things I hadn’t seen before. I am at ease listening to the quiet flow of the stream in front of me. The chirp of a bird tunes in every once in a while. I examine the stream, seeing a population of small fish. Water spiders also sit on top of the water waiting for prey. Two chipmunks scurry by, while two squirrels come flying down a tree fighting over something. To my left I sit under a 35 foot American Elm tree, surrounded by a large patch of grass, ferns, poison ivy, honey locust, and barberry. Past the stream, up on a small but steep hill, lies trees such as Eastern White Pine, Eastern Hemlock, Green Ash, Sugar and Norway Maple, American Beech, and Black Cherry. A lot of these trees have started to lose their branches, however the change in leaf color is not vibrant. It is still mostly a sea of green all around me. (Pictures are sideways)

Hello world!

Posted: September 30th, 2017 by rfcarr

Hi everyone! Welcome to my favorite spot in the Burlington area. Within Centennial Woods, I have found a perfectly secluded spot to relax and enjoy nature. To get to this hidden gem, you must take a short fifteen minute walk. First start by heading north on Main Street, then by making a left onto Catamount Drive, eventually leading to the entrance of the woods. When you enter the woods, you take the trail about one hundred yards, then make a sharp right on a smaller downhill trail. At the bottom is a gigantic rock sitting on the edge of a stream. I fell in love with this spot because it felt like I was alone, even though centennial woods is always crowded with people. It let me take in and focus on all parts of the environment, without the distraction of others. Peace and serenity at it’s finest. Tune in Monday evening for another post!

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