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Changing Scenery

Posted: October 22nd, 2017 by mfeincol

Create a hand-drawn, birds-eye map of your place highlighting its prominent features. Take a digital photo (or a scan) of your map so that you can upload it to your Phenology Blog. Describe any changes you have noticed in the appearance of the vegetation since your previous visits. In addition, document and describe any evidence of wildlife using your place as habitat. (2 points)

There have been a few changes to my piece of the woods since I was last here. There are a lot more leaves on the ground, and the grasses are a lot yellower than they were. Some of the leaves of the small herbaceous plants have shriveled up and turned yellow-brown.

This trip I explored a little more beyond my usual sitting spot. My location is interesting because in a small area of land there is a river, a wetland area, and a forest section. I walked around the edge of the wetland today and took a beautiful picture (see below).

On the wetland, there was a lot of evidence of wildlife. I could hear birdcalls; I saw ants and crickets scuttling along the ground.

The wetlands

Birds-Eye Map

The First Adventure!

Posted: October 1st, 2017 by mfeincol

Hello there!

Today I went on my first adventure to the Casavant Natural Area in Winooski! It is a nice forested area with trails along the Winooski River. This peaceful natural area is just a short bike ride from campus! If you follow Colchester Ave away toward Winooski it’s only about a 5-10 minute bike ride from campus (a little longer getting back  – big hill).

I’m really glad I chose this place! I wanted to pick somewhere fairly close to campus & somewhere that I hadn’t been before; Casavant filled these requirements perfectly! It’s peaceful & quaint & there are always friendly dogs roaming around 🙂

As you can see from the photo below, the ground in the area in the forest that I chose is about 80% covered. Mostly grasses grow here, but there are a few smaller woody plants. Some of the common woody plants here included:

  • Silver Maple
  • Green Ash
  • Sugar Maple
  • Basswood
  • Boxelder

Peaceful trees in the Casavant Natural Area

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