A phenological study of Centennial Woods





There were many questions, a curiosity self-destructive in its growth

Pining after unanswerable questions, the completeness in confusion

Why were those holes there, and were they bored without where

A leaf falls aloof to the synchronized dance of nature it perpetuates

And so the confusion was complete, and through those questions thoughts compete

Event Map

Since the last visit, the water level has slightly risen, most likely a result of the heavy rainfall of the past weeks. As deciduous trees and plants continue to lose their foliage the division between wetland and woodland this section of Centennial Brook creates become increasingly obvious. The woodpecker seen was a pileated woodpecker, which can be identified by its red plumage.

Birds Eye View

The vegetation here has changed, clearly affected by the temperature change. The deciduous trees within the plot have lost a majority of their leaves, which now litter the ground. Ground level flora around the bank have started to wilt and look ready for the harsh weather ahead. In terms of wildlife, some unidentified tracks can be seen crossing one section of the riverbend while holes have appeared on tree trunks suggested the presence of a woodpecker.


The Centennial Riverbend

The place within Burlington’s borders that I chose for an extended phenological study is what I consider the Centennial Riverbend. The Centennial Riverbend can be reached by following the path from the start of Centennial Woods until the four way crossroads adjacent the wetland, then following the path forward until the Centennial Riverbend can be seen on your left. The plot can be identified by a log that sits on the bank of the river bend currently marked with hiking tape. I chose the Centennial Riverbend as my blog plot because of its cohabitational potential and the obvious division between forest brush and wetland plain from one side of the bend to the other. The plot is home to both coniferous and deciduous species of trees, the most popular being Eastern White Pine and Sugar Maple respectively. Bull Thistle and other ground level plants also dot the edge of the water.


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