September 15, 2020

Burlington Seasons Clock September 15th Update

Welcome UVM students who are just joining the project! There has certainly been an influx of observations of our focus species this month. As summer is winding down and the mornings get chillier by the week, many of our species will be hanging it up for the year. Now is the perfect time to go and find them before they're gone! Traditionally, beavers, box elder bugs, monarchs, phoebes, woolly bears, and garter snakes are all still around in the coming month. Also, be sure to check check the Project List page to make sure you are submitting observations of the focus species with the focus phenology characteristics (in italics under some species):

https://www.inaturalist.org/lists/2945013-Burlington-Wildways-Phenology-Clocks-Check-List?rank=species

For instance, we are interested in when crows form murders, but not when they are solitary or in pairs, and we want to know when chickadees sing the "fee-bee" song, so only observations with those sound bites will end up linked to the project. However, some focus species have no qualifiers and we are just recording their presence, like robins, milkweed, and monarchs.

Check on the current clock and see a GIF past years' clock data here:
https://burlingtonwildways.org/projects/burlington-seasons-clock-2020

Happy observing!

-Gustave Sexauer
Burlington Wildways

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September 02, 2020

Burlington Seasons Clock September 1st Update

We know what the cool breeze and the changing leaves mean for the seasons, and so do the plants and animals in Burlington. The geese are beginning to form teams and fly through the city, and other migrators are soon to follow. Although it may seem melancholy, it is important for us to mark the calendar with the "lasts" of the summer. As our climate shifts, we need to learn how species adapt and shift with it... or not. This month, try and make the last observations of the year of double-crested cormorants, yellow garden spiders, box elder bugs, and purple flowered raspberries.

In August, we surpassed 400 observations for the year! This was thanks to many garden spiders in the later half of August and the "reappearance" of several species that had gone unseen for a month or more like muskrats, ospreys, and red fox. Stay vigilant for the Isabella tiger moth, yet unseen in Burlington.

Check on the current clock and see a GIF past years' clock data here:
https://burlingtonwildways.org/projects/burlington-seasons-clock-2020

-Gustave Sexauer
Burlington Wildways

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August 14, 2020

Burlington Seasons Clock August 15th Update

Sure enough, yellow garden spider observations are rolling in as August is in full swing. Monarchs are also out, though hard to photograph when they won't sit still, and some of you have submitted great photos of black swallowtail caterpillars! Though this may be the first update with no new species identified from the list, some focus species are coming back on the radar (like the turkey vulture) even though they may have been here all summer long.

Keep your eyes open for the Isabella tiger moth, which continues to be elusive in Burlington, despite all of the young woolly bears on the prowl.

Check on the current clock and see a GIF past years' clock data here:
https://burlingtonwildways.org/projects/burlington-seasons-clock-2020

-Gustave Sexauer
Burlington Wildways

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July 31, 2020

Burlington Seasons Clock August 1st Update

Burlington Phenologists,

Our town is aflutter with life as we push through the hottest time of the year. Both monarch and black swallowtail butterflies have been found in the past weeks and more are surely on their way. Our harbinger of midsummer, the yellow garden spider, also made its first appearance of the year. This leaves just one in-season life-form yet to be found: the Isabella Tiger Moth. While its caterpillar form, the woolly bear, is often identified by kids to adults, the mature form was only photographed once in Burlington, back in 2018.

August is typically a slow month on iNaturalist in Burlington, with people recording fewer species than any other spring or summer month, but with the lush foliage and thriving wildlife abounding, let's aim to change that!

Check on the current clock and see a GIF past years' clock data here:
https://burlingtonwildways.org/projects/burlington-seasons-clock-2020

-Gustave Sexauer
Burlington Wildways

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July 16, 2020

Burlington Seasons Clock July 15th Update

Burlington Phenologists,

It has finally happened. The monarchs have arrived! A true sign of summer and vindication for planting and mowing around the blooming milkweed plants. Other keen observers found an osprey and that the basswoods are flowering.

With the year now half over, we can take stock of all we've seen so far. Averaging around two observations a day, people in Burlington have spotted 39 of our 44 focus species. We've already surpassed the number of observations of these species from last year! (306 in 2019, with 342 at last check this year.) Keep up the good work and be on the lookout for all 44 of our focus species.

Current clock:
https://burlingtonwildways.org/projects/burlington-seasons-clock-2020

-Gustave Sexauer
Burlington Wildways

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July 01, 2020

Burlington Seasons Clock July 1st Update

Burlington Phenologists,

Together, we've surpassed 300 observations in our Season Clock project! The bi-colored striped sweat bee and wood frog both made their first appearances in Burlington this year and have been added to the clock: https://burlingtonwildways.org/projects/burlington-seasons-clock-2020 . Box-elder bugs, garter snakes, robins, and skunks are continuing to have a strong presence in our town as the calendar flips by.

As we daydream of colors bursting in the air for Independence Day, we must open our eyes and notice that nature is celebrating its own variety of hues. Purple-flowered raspberries and milkweed are in bloom while vibrant caterpillars and butterflies are just waiting to be seen. In July, we should be able to find monarchs, black swallowtails, and Isabella tiger moths Keep your eyes peeled for any of the Season Clock species, and remember that making the last observation of the year can be just as helpful as finding the first!

-Gustave Sexauer
Burlington Wildways

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June 16, 2020

Burlington Seasons Clock June 15th Update

Burlington Phenologists,

As we approach the solstice, summer ecology is hitting it's stride with trees in full leaves, butterflies aflutter, and weeds over your head in boggy areas. Since last time, we have had observations of eastern cottonwood fluff (hard to miss where the trees are present), mourning cloak caterpillars, common milkweed, and purple-flowered raspberries in bloom. As more and more caterpillars appear, keep your eyes on the milkweed to see if you can get the first sighting of a monarch in Burlington this year!

View the clock here:
https://burlingtonwildways.org/projects/burlington-seasons-clock-2020

-Gustave Sexauer
Burlington Wildways

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June 02, 2020

Burlington Seasons Clock June 1st Update

Burlington Phenologists,

Thank you for your continued contributions to this project! In the last two weeks we have logged observations of muskrats and a double-crested cormorant, both of which were the first sightings of these species in 2020.

In June be on the lookout for flowering basswoods and purple-flowered raspberries, white pines shaking off pollen, and cottonwoods letting their fluff fly. Caterpillars, moths, and butterflies are also becoming more common, of which we are tracking the mourning cloaks, Isabella tiger moths, black swallowtails, and monarchs.

The most up-to-date drawing of the clock will always be found here on the Wildways website:
https://burlingtonwildways.org/projects/burlington-seasons-clock-2020

Just a reminder, this is a Burlington based project, and only observations found in the city limits are added to the project. While I was excited to record the banter of spring peepers a few weeks ago at Woodside Natural Area, that's in Essex and the iNaturalist Burlington peeper count this year remains at zero.

-Gustave Sexauer
Burlington Wildways

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May 15, 2020

Burlington Seasons Clock May 15th Update

Burlington iNaturalists,

Thank you for contributing to our phenology clock thus far! We have collectively spotted 28 of the 45 species (62%) that were chosen to be part of our clock. The newest version of our clock will continue to be posted on the Burlington Wildways website found here:
https://burlingtonwildways.org/projects/burlington-seasons-clock-2020

Most recently, red trillium flowers, large white trillium flowers, ostrich fern fiddleheads, ruby-crowned kinglets, and mourning cloak butterflies have been sighted and added to this year's clock. More observations of chipmunks, Canadian geese, phoebes, titmice singing, box elder bugs, and red-winged blackbirds continue to roll in.

For the end of May, continue to look for and submit observations for some of the more ephemeral species that won't last until summer like the trillium flowers and the kinglets. Also look for new arrivals such as basswood flowers, white pine pollen, and the fluff from cottonwoods which usually appear around this time. Keep an eye out as well for rarer species that haven't been found yet this year in Burlington including ospreys and muskrats.

-Gustave Sexauer
Burlington Wildways

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