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Final Thoughts

The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. As I told the foresters and the women, you don’t need a diploma to plant a tree. -Wangari Maathai If … Continue reading

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Am I a Part of Centennial Woods?

I would consider myself to be a part of Centennial Woods to some degree. I have an interaction with the place, through my visits. I sometimes take pinecones, which changes the ecological processes that occur within the forest. I also … Continue reading

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The Attitude Philosophy

Before coming to UVM, I hadn’t realized how important the connections between humans and their natural environments are. I came in with the conception that “environment” has to mean natural (birds, trees, forests, water, ecosystems, etc.), but I came to … Continue reading

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Another Visit to Centennial

Is spring finally here? It has been almost a week since it last snowed. Rain has been in the forecast most recently. I can’t say that I’m a fan of mud season. I noticed that more grass has sprouted in … Continue reading

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The Start of Spring!

It was a dreary day on my walk through Centennial Woods. I found that the woods was teeming with life. I saw colorful fungi and moss and my first chipmunk of the season! Above my head, I heard black-chipped chickadees, … Continue reading

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The Chickadee

“But above all them ranked the chickadee, because of its indomitable spirit.” -Tom Brown Jr.- The Tracker I had an amazing opportunity to watch about seven black-capped chickadees in Centennial Woods today! Their avid chirping and distinct calls captivated my … Continue reading

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Landscape Ecology of Centennial Woods

Centennial Woods is in a very interesting location because of its proximity to human communities. The nearby apartments create an edge along one side. If you look hard enough, you can see house cats on the prowl for their meal. … Continue reading

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Sketches from Centennial Woods

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Signs of Spring?

Yet another night with snow- when will this beauty phenological event end? I noticed a fresh layer of snow on Centennial Woods when I visited my phenology spot this morning. I have yet to see flowers poking up from beneath … Continue reading

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Eastern White Pine Pair of Canadian Geese in the pond. Some of the vines covering the walkway. Skunk Cabbage blossoms emerging from the soil. Spaulding Pond A statue honoring Uncas and the Mohegan Tribe. Expert ornithologist (my dad)  

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