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Will Vanderlan Phenology Blog

Final Blog Post!!

Posted: December 8th, 2018 by wvanderl

Throughout my time observing my phenology site I have become surprisingly disappointed with our use of the land here around UVM. When I chose my site I thought it was beautiful, and felt refreshingly natural and healthy in contrast to the largely developed area around campus. However, I have begun to see my site as a testament to the facade of a natural world with healthy ecosystems that has become so prevalent in the area. When the glacial retreat occurred approximately 10,000 years ago it paved way for a beautiful landscape of green mountains and left a beautiful lake. However, development began to erase this beauty, and with peak land clearance about 150 years ago much of this natural green world in the Vermont region was lost. Ecosystems were divided, split, and destroyed. I think that my site is a great example of this and now serves as a reminder to me that the natural world has been marginalized and set aside. The trees are healthy, and beautiful, but they stand alone, between two roads and a parking lot. There is very little wildlife in the area, because it it separated from most other natural sites on campus. At first I thought it was my fault, but Ive spent hours and hours there, seeing only a couple squirrels, and a very disappointed looking rabbit which I can certainly relate to.  On the other side, I do believe that my better understanding of this area, however disappointing it may be, is a testament to the fact that Ive actually learned something in nr001, and have become more aware of the world around me.

Thanksgiving Break Post!

Posted: November 26th, 2018 by wvanderl

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/F7YZWrVjuEz

My hometown of Ithaca NY is similar to Burlington VT in many ways, subarus everywhere, vegan sugar… Of course it’s also similar politically, socioeconomically, hell… downtown Burlington was even planned by the same person that designed the ithaca Commons! However, my phenology locations are very different. For my phenology location in Ithaca, I decided on a small island like patch of woods inside of Cascadilla gorge, as it had an interesting soil and surficial geology, as well as being super pretty and undisturbed. The patch of trees is located on a slab of shale that has remained structurally sound, unlike the surrounding rock that had been weathered away by the water in the creek. In terms of plant life the site is composed of small ferns and two striped maples, that have roots working below a crack in the shale, suggesting there could be more soil below the layer of shale. Maybe?On the other hand, my location here in Burlington has a simple soil composition, and is not isolated or undisturbed. It is clear that my Burlington site has seen little weathering, and is able to support a forest with both maple trees and evergreens, while my Ithaca location is geologically messy, due to the weak nature of shale, and the intense water erosion occurring in Cascadilla gorge.

Pls enjoy a nice macro shot I took of one of the ferns at my site. My hands were very cold twas not a good time…

Some Leaves!

Posted: November 13th, 2018 by wvanderl

Look! Lovely, lustrous, local, lost leaves…. Later!

Event Map

Posted: November 6th, 2018 by wvanderl

Unfortunately I have been sick and stuck in bed with a fever the past week or so…  However after a super fun visit at the health center I felt well enough to make it out to my site again for a nice while so heres what I experienced… Enjoy! 


Map and Site Update

Posted: October 22nd, 2018 by wvanderl

Over the past few weeks my phenology location has experienced a visible change in terms of canopy cover. The leaves have begun to fall off of many of the trees as it is getting cooler fast.

In terms of wildlife, I have seen a couple squirrels around the site, interacting with the trees. In addition, I have spotted some smaller birds located in the upper branches of the trees.

Attached is my hand drawn map… enjoy!

Introduction to my Phenology blog!

Posted: October 12th, 2018 by wvanderl

For my phenology location I have selected the Redstone Pines Area… To find this beautiful spot just head over to Redstone Hall and look across the street, it wont be hard to spot. I chose this area as it is peaceful, and has an interesting composition of larger trees and small brush that will be interesting to analyze alongside the wildlife in the area. Redstone Pines is mostly composed of grass and trees, however there are patches of small woody plants and saplings scattered below the tree cover…

The trees within my phenology site include…

Sugar maple, Norway maple, and Eastern white pine.

The smaller woody plants include…

Sugar/Norway maple saplings, and boxelder.



Hello world!

Posted: October 12th, 2018 by wvanderl

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