I just realized that the pictures of my field notes for the last two prompts did not upload! So here they are:
SNOW!!! We must be approaching the end of this project because it’s officially winter. It snowed and the Redstone Pines still look beautiful. It’s definitely got a winter wonderland look to it.
Something I noticed while visiting my phenology site is that two trees have fallen since the last time I was here. I’m not sure when exactly this happened but I think it was pretty recent. On Saturday it was really windy and I think this might have happened then.
Surprisingly, some of the leaves are still clinging on to this bush. For now. I think they’re going to fall off pretty soon. I was surprised to see them though. Additionally, I saw one very small deciduous tree with
I saw more squirrels today too. I finally got a picture of one of my way out of the pines. They’re pretty fast and I can never get close enough to take a good photo.
The Redstone Pines has a sense of place through the way it has changed throughout this project. From the changing deciduous trees, colder temperatures, migration of birds, and finally with the first snow, it has experienced phenological change. The Redstone Pines also has a sense of place at the University of Vermont. During the warmer months, students spent a lot of time here. Whether they were hammocking, slacklining, or just hanging out, this site has personal significance to students here. I’m not sure how long the Redstone Pines have been around for. I do know that the Eastern white pines are pretty big and I think they have at least been around for a long time. One important thing to note about the land history of this natural community is that it was once Abenaki land. The sense of place of the Redstone Pines is shaped by its physical features, the community it is part of, and its history.
Here’s a picture of my field notes from my last visit to Redstone Pines. It also shows the map I made of my phenology site too. I included where you could find some of the species I identified, the types of vegetation, and the surrounding roads and walkways.
Here’s a picture of one of the few deciduous trees you can find in the Redstone Pines, a Norway maple. Norway maple leaves, along with pine needles, are what is mostly making up the leaf litter I’ve been finding a lot when I visit my site.
This is a picture of a black cherry tree. You can tell it’s a black cherry because of the bark.
Here’s a picture of the most abundant tree in the Redstone Pines, the Eastern white pine. I believe that these were probably planted by people developing UVM’s campus, and don’t naturally occur here.
This is lesser periwinkle. It covers a pretty large part of the ground at Redstone Pines, closer to Henderson Terrace.
I found common buckthorn last time I was in the Redstone Pines. This is an invasive, non-native species to Vermont.
I couldn’t identify the specific species of this plant, but I think it is something called brambles. I’ve seen it in Centennial Woods too!
Here are a few more interesting and pretty pictures I took while in Redstone Pines:
I saw a squirrel the last time I was here, but I couldn’t get a picture of it. I’ve seen a lot less squirrels here than I did in the beginning of the semester, probably because of the cooler temperatures. Overall, or at least plant wise, I don’t think the Redstone Pines are that biodiverse. It might appear more biodiverse during the spring and summer though. The soil at Redstone Pines has a really think O-horizon, mostly made up of pine needles and other leaf litter (like from the Norway maple). There’s a lot less people here than the beginning of the semester, probably because of the cooler weather. I found some graffitti and included a picture of it.
The Redstone Pines Recreation Area is a semi-forested, semi-cleared area adjacent to the Redstone campus at UVM. The Redstone Pines are mostly coniferous Eastern white pine trees, but there are a few deciduous trees and woody shrubs. You can almost always find squirrels at the Redstone Pines. They are constantly around. I’ve also heard blue jays several times while spending time in the Redstone pines. Even though the Redstone pines are mostly coniferous, I found a decent amount of leaf litter on the ground due to it being autumn. Additionally, much of the woody shrub at the Redstone Pines are changing color. One can get to the Redstone Pines by taking the path from main street to the redstone campus. Once you pass the Interfaith Center but before you reach Redstone hall, the Redstone Pines will be on your right. It’s a pretty large stand of Eastern white pines and is difficult to miss.
UVM students like to spend time in the Redstone by hammocking. It’s low impact, and the trees are perfectly spread out from each other that hammocking is super easy. The Redstone Pines is a really great place for students to hang out and relax after a long day of classes. It’s a convenient and a great way for students that don’t have a car or can’t get off campus often to have an outdoor experience.
I chose the Redstone Pines as my site for my phenology project because they’re super accessible and close to where I live. Here’s a photo I took last week!