Changes and Wetland, Woodland, Wildland Classification

Since my last visit to my phenology spot, a lot of the snow and ice has melted.  Chunks of ice that had been on the banks have melted to much smaller than their original size.  It was a rainy day when I went, so it was impossible to find any tracks.  I did however find trees and branches that had been chewed on by beavers.  The ice chunks which I included a picture of last time have melted, however there are still large slabs of ice in the river collecting around the edges and on the upstream side of islands.  The water level has also risen significantly.

In Wetland, Woodland, Wildland, The authors in the introduction state that they are not going to focus on aquatic ecosystems, and as my site is on the shore of the Winooski river at Salmon Hole, I do not believe this type of ecosystem is covered in the readings.  My site is however classified as a Riparian zone, which is an ecosystem on the banks of a river that acts as a buffer.

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