Comparison of Greenbriar Farm and Centennial Woods (Holland)

Centennial Woods and Greenbriar Farm have similar ecology because of their geographical locations. While Greenbriar Farm contains a large pond, Centennial Woods only has a small brook running through it. At the shores of the pond, you can notice small clumps of lilypads in the summer, while you can observe patches of phragmites along the riparian zone of Centennial Woods. Sugar Maple, Paper Birch, and Red Maple are common in both of the regions. The pine stands in Centennial Woods are full of old Eastern White Pines while disturbances at Greenbriar Farm have left few old pines and white oaks.

The Greenbriar Pond is home to several types of catfish, bullfrogs, minnows, and sunfish. These  species could not thrive in Centennial Woods because of the depth of the water. Greenbriar Farm also has minimal foliage surrounding the pond, which is beneficial to Great Blue Herons and Belted Kingfishers that come to the water in search of food. In the morning, the occasional clump of turkeys will cross the meadow in front of the pond, picking at the grass for small insects and grass to eat. The carnivorous bobcat is relatively uncommon at Greenbriar Farm because of nearby housing development. Centennial Woods and Greenbriar Farm also provide a great source of habitat for browsing White-Tailed Deer.

One of the most different attributes of Centennial Woods is the lack of human contact. While the occasional student or visitor will bring their dog and enjoy a short walk on the trails of Centennial Woods, Greenbriar Farm was purposefully built for human contact. The recent addition of the covered bridge has provided habitat for nesting robins. The equine residents, Pilot and Jenny, are very alert for their feedings by the farm’s human residents. The house at Greenbriar Farm overlooks the pond, covered bridge, and six-stall stable.

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