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Centennial Woods Phenology Site 2019

11/08 Visitation

Posted: November 11th, 2019 by mharris7

Visiting my site for the third time, I finally understood why this place made me immediately feel a sense of place. Due to the fact that my site is along the path, near the road, it felt a lot like the park that resides near my house. The park near my house is along a road, which is very common for anything in New Jersey. My sense of place is defined by being around a lot of people and roads, which is what New Jersey is. The park near my house was my favorite spot to decompress, and one of the only semi-natural areas in New Jersey. Similar to Centennial, Maple and Beech rule over the parks. 

As a component of a larger place, Centennial Woods symbolizes Vermont for me. The seemingly untouched beauty of this area was what I first thought Vermont was. I feel that now my sense of place is shifting from humans to places, to nature. Being in Vermont has made me appreciate the beauty of nature so much more than before attending. I feel that Centennial is almost a symbol as Vermont as a whole for me. Returning to my spot has been like a ritual for me, and I feel a connected sense of place to Centennial Woods.

When Brooks stated, “The relationship between a person and the land and the community in which they live, developed by experiential intimacy with natural processes, community and history of that place.” (Brooks 11/5), I understood completely what he was attempting to emote. The history behind Centennial Woods is extremely extensive, and the knowledge I have of this area helps me feel more connected to it. The history of Centennial is deeply rooted in conservation, which is something I am especially passionate about. Knowing the history of Centennial makes me feel that I am more connected to the place, as I know its past. 

11/1- Visitation Update

Posted: November 3rd, 2019 by mharris7

The organisms I jotted down in my field notes included: Barberry, Red Maple, White Pines, Green Ash, Poison Ivy, and Striped Maple. Almost all of the trees I listed did not have any leaves on them, except for the Red Maple, which still had a small cluster of yellow leaves. These 6 organisms definitely characterize my site, as they demonstrate that my site is mainly trees.

Since my previous visit, most vegetation has begun to die. Also, the day prior, a large flooding occurred, so many vegetation may have been drowned or pulled out during that period. The main footbridge, where a large majority of the vegetation remained, had parts of its wood ripped off.

The soil, obviously was much more damp than my last visit. The flood had soaked the soil, much of the soil still being extremely damp or still flooded. The ground still was littered with leaves, but not as many leaves as my previous visit.

The act of mapping my site definitely altered my sense of this place. I now feel much more comfortable in Centennial, as I have drawn out the paths and flora. I feel more connected to this site as well, due to my frequent visits.

Red maple with some leaves
map of Centennial
Field Notes

Welcome to Mia’s Phenology Site!

Posted: October 24th, 2019 by mharris7

Hello Everyone! I am glad to update you on Burlington’s own Centennial Woods this autumn and winter season.

My phenology spot is the beginning quarter to half of a mile in the Centennial Woods. The site begins at the entrance to the woods, located near the UVM Police Station, next to a bike rack and sign. I followed the path straight ahead until I got to a small circular area where a clearing was, with a couple of large trees scattered in the clearing.

I first went to Centennial Woods for a lab for NR001, a course taken by all Rubenstein School scholars at UVM. Upon approaching the entrance to my phenology site, I immediately see a difference. From when I first visited in September to the current, the foliage and paths have visibly changed. The leaves are beginning to change colors, many being yellow and orange colors. Leaves are covering the ground, something that is noticeably changing from one week ago. The leaves on the paths have been stomped down, showing they have been there for some period of time.

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