Centennial Woods Send Off

Just in these past two weeks since the last time I visited my phenology site, there have been some noticeable changes. Many of the trees and shrubs have produced leaflets. These include Box Elder, Ash, Barberry, and Northern Red Oak. I also noticed a big change in the bird activity. There were many more birds singing this week. One species I heard that really stood out to me was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. These birds are migratory, and this was the first one I heard this year.

Over the course of this semester, I have learned a lot about my phenology site, and I have grown a strong bond with it. Centennial Woods is home to a rich cultural history. In the past, my phenology site was part of a cattle farm. It was clear cut in some areas so that the cattle could graze. Signs of this are visible still. The presence of many pioneer tree species that thrive in disturbed areas have taken advantage of this. Now, the culture of this spot has changed, and it has become a recreational area for the public. Many people utilize this area to hike, go birding, or just get out and enjoy nature. I use this area for many of the same purposes and it has created a strong bond for me. Since the first time I stepped foot in Centennial Woods, I knew that it was going to be a special place for me throughout my time at UVM. As of the end of this year, that feeling has proven to be true.

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