April 16th

There are no signs of amphibians in or around my place.  It snowed last night so the ground is covered in about two or three inches of icy snow.  There are a few purple flowers poking up, resiliently through the snow.  A sugar maple sapling has some buds on it.  The nearest edge is a forest clearing at the walking trail near my site.  The edge effect there is the juxtaposition of the natural habitat and community of wildlife meshing with the recreating humans and pets that traverse through the area.  I do not think my place provides habitat for any forest interior species because the forest at my spot is not very mature or diverse.

March 19 Assignment

When I was in Western Massachusetts I chose to compare my site to Wahconah Falls State Park.  Wahconah Falls State Park is 48 acres of land in Dalton, Massachusetts.  It is managed by the department of Conservation and Recreation.  I did not see nay birds when I visited, but I did notice squirrels and chipmunks.  The trees were majority evergreen and birch due to it being located in the Berkshires.  The trees at my phenology spot are more varied and it has more types that are not evergreen because it is at a lower elevation.  Additionally, the body of water at Wahconah Falls State Park is much larger than the body of water at my phenology spot.  https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wahconah+Falls+State+Park/@42.4886204,-73.1170403,16.99z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x89e74a5c296b2411:0xc8038f648d54e2b3!2sWahconah+Falls+State+Park!8m2!3d42.4887363!4d-73.1159222!3m4!1s0x89e74a5c296b2411:0xc8038f648d54e2b3!8m2!3d42.4887363!4d-73.1159222