Spring is Here!

On Thursday, April 25th, I visited my spot in Centennial Woods. Luckily, the weather took a break from its recent showers and it was a beautiful day! Wildflowers were unfortunately not yet there, but I saw some promising leaves that may sprout in to flowers soon. There were also plenty of budding trees! I also spotted some mushrooms that I attempted to identify!

Veiled polypore

So many mushrooms!

Wildflower leaves! Something from the avens family.

Boxelder maple buds.
Cottontail rabbit scat!

Pileated Woodpecker?!

Today, while walking to class I spotted a tree with many holes that resemble the ones of a pileated woodpecker makes while looking for insects. Although this is not on my phenology spot, it isn’t too far and I wonder if there are any pileated woodpeckers in Centinneal woods as well! This is the first time I’ve seen woodpecker holes in Vermont! I hope that my next visit to my phenology spot might include another holy tree! Pileated Woodpeckers are one of our focal species this semester. I find them really cool, as they contribute to the biodiversity of the forests!