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Flora and Fauna of Mohegan Park

During my walk through the park, I heard Chickadees, Canadian Geese, and Mallard Ducks. I also saw and heard squirrels (some of which were quarreling over matters only known by them). Some of the trees that I found in the … Continue reading

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History of the Acquisition of Mohegan Park

Mohegan Park was intended to be created in 1896. In 1906, six private individuals agreed to donate 200 acres of land to construct the park, which they wanted to use as an area for Norwich residents to enjoy. Dr. John … Continue reading

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Map of Mohegan Park

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Mohegan Park – Spring Break Phenology

Mohegan Park is currently the largest forested area in my home city of Norwich, CT. The main center of the park is Spaulding Pond, from which a running track is centered around. The local animal shelter is located within the … Continue reading

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Classifying Centennial Woods as a Natural Community

I would classify the pine stand within Centennial Woods as an Oak-Pine Northern Hardwood Forest. One reason why I would give it this classification is because of the Eastern White Pine, Birches, Maples, and Oaks that can be found within … Continue reading

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Changes in Hydrology and Substrate

The warmer weather has accompanied many changes to the Centennial Woods pine stand. Since the area is on a slope, I noticed that some of the organic layer was missing from the top of the hill but was especially present … Continue reading

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Biofinder in Centennial Woods

I found that, after using Biofinder, that most of the Centennial Woods area was classified as a conifer forest and not a mixed deciduous forest. There are class 2 wetlands across the highway and areas with “uncommon species present.” My … Continue reading

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Food for Thought

Vermont is a state I love. I could not look upon the peaks of Ascutney, Killington, Mansfield, and Equinox without being moved in a way that no other scene could move me. It was here that I first saw the … Continue reading

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Yet Another Walk in the Woods

Sloan and I decided to spend some time this afternoon visiting Centennial. The snowfall last night made for some perfect tracking opportunities and a very refreshing end to the week. Although we spent a lot of time slipping around on … Continue reading

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Hobblebush or Bust

Today was full of interesting discoveries at Centennial Woods. I identified this plant, with the help of Walt, as a Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides). ¬†After researching more about it, I found that it is a small, shrublike plant, named after the … Continue reading

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