Friday, July 31, 2020
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
2020 Venture Vermont: Photograph two kinds of mammals in the wild. Identify the full species name and describe its behavior
these white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are aware of my presence, and their ears are pointed toward me, but they're not worried enough to stop grazing. this group will probably feed for a while before retiring to a bedding area to chew their cud.
my beaver video here was taken at an undisclosed beaverpond in jericho. i was minding my own business taking sedge samples when all of a sudden and VERY NEAR i heard the beaver tail slap. i was a little afraid she might rush me even though as a rule beavers won't get out of the water to challenge you.
a large beaver (Castor canadensis) is a powerful animal capable of severing you arm if it has a mind to.
a mature female will live on her territory with her mate, her yearling offspring, and her new kits. the yearling offspring will help raise the kits until they have to leave and find territories of their own. any beaver in the family group may patrol the territory and communicate with the others, but the large territorial display is likely to be the boss lady.
Monday, July 20, 2020
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Saturday, July 04, 2020
I started at my house (which as of YESTERDAY is mine. not mine and the bank’s. MINE. paid that sucker off YESTERDAY. Still wearing my party hat.)
Uh, anyway. I started at my house and walked toward a little pond at the end of the driveway and then back away from the road and collected some samples, one of which, according to my notes, was a sedge.
I’m going with C. gynandra.
Then the next day i went for a walk up in the Preston Pond Conservation area, on the west side near the beaver pond. Of course i forgot my camera so there are no pictures of the samples in situ.
I wrestled with this one a long time and still don’t know what it is. Something maybe in phacocystis?
Both of these specimens are from the margin of the beaver pond. The left page i THINK is a group one, and if i got that correct, it’s probably from sect. Ovales and i tentatively settled on C. scoparia.
The right side sketch has an error that had to be crossed out. It is not a weird spikelet or fancy bract. This is a small, slender plant and it’s drawn more or less actual size. The little star-shaped spikelets separated along the stem make it, i think, group 1, sect. Stellulate? So i’m going to guess C. interior.
These two specimens are also from the area next to the beaverpond. On the left is a graceful plant that i put into group 3 on account of unisexual cylindrical spikelets. I’m tentatively calling it a C.baileyi.
I got all excited at the one on the right because OH LOOK! It’s really different and has all these fuzzy little spikelets on the one stem at the top and surely that will be easy! (insert hollow, bitter laugh here) after staring it in the face for the better part of a week, i am uncertain at best what to call it. I think it’s maybe an eriophorum, and possible E. virginicum?
This week i am coming out from under the anvil of overwhelmedness and starting to see some system here. I don’t have much to say to your posts because outside of “yep, that’s a C. lurida”, i don’t have much useful to say yet. I do read everything you post, and i look at your photos and diagrams, and you are helping me learn to think about both the sedges and how to make good observations.
One thing i have learned is that i will need to pay more attention to the root systems and habitats.