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A Fond Farewell

As I visited my phenology spot for the last time as a freshman in college, I couldn’t help but think back to the beginning of the year, and how different yet the same both the place and I are now. Though I do not consider myself a part of the place, I consider it a […]

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Spring has sprung!

Upon returning to my phenology spot this week, I was delighted to see how green it has gotten. Though there weren’t any wildflowers poking through the leaf litter, there was an abundance of vibrant green moss which carpeted the forest floor and draped over the trees and rocks. The trees and bushes were just starting […]

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Georgia Forest

Over spring break I went on a training trip to Richard B. Russel State Park in Elberton, Georgia. We were on a pretty strict practice schedule, so most of my pictures are from our sunrise hikes/runs from our cabins to the boathouse. The forest was made up largely of pine trees, and the accumulation and […]

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Natural Community

My spot’s natural community proved difficult to identify, since the forest changes a lot depending on the bank, and how far from the brook the trees are growing. Conifers like eastern hemlock and eastern white pine grow up the slope of the southeast bank, away from the brook, while a few deciduous trees such as […]

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Winter Wonderland

The first sign of wildlife I encountered was a set of deer tracks in the snow. As I followed them, I noticed some broken twigs as further evidence of their activity. I followed them backwards to see where the deer had come from, and traced them back to the brook. As it turns out, they […]

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When I returned to my phenology place for the final time, I was greeted with a new blanket of snow, higher water levels, and some fresh tracks. Centennial woods was originally inhabited by the Abenaki tribe of Native Americans, however the City of Burlington acquired the land in late 19th century. In 1974, UVM acquired […]

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My Home Phenology Spot

My Phenology Spot back in DC was in Glover Archibald Park. This map shows the location:   Pictures of the new place, taken by Renee Hovanec.   Aldo Leopold Description: This spot is one that I often walked down to in my childhood. It is not far from the hustle and bustle of the city, […]

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When I returned on November 5, I noticed that the water level was significantly higher than it had been on previous visits. Though I’ve heard that autumn is Vermont’s dry season, it’s rained pretty frequently over the past few weeks. I also noticed that with the new water level came a change in its flow […]

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Event Map

Event Map of my visit to my phenology spot on November 5, 2018. (Drawing by Renee Hovanec)

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Bird’s Eye View

When I returned I noticed that the leaves had started to change. The colors were still predominantly green, but some leaves were starting to get a yellow tint. I once again saw the chipmunk (I like to think it’s the same one), and heard a few different bird calls, though I couldn’t identify them. I […]

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