Blog Six – Indian Point Feild Notes (316)

Having arrived at Indian Point Provincial Park at 1100 hours to cold and wet conditions we were eager to complete our assignments for that site. 100% cloud cover with a chilling air temperature of 14 degrees Celsius as well as heavy precipitation during the extent of our stay made commuting through the undergrowth difficult as foliage was wet and slippery under the feet and the ground was incredibly soft. This fact leads me to believe that if there was less activity in the area, we would have certainly seen distinctive animal prints in the soft mud but the noise days prior likely emptied the area of larger terrestrial creatures. The area was covered in dense mixed wood, deciduous dominate, making up 85% tree cover providing shade for efficient growth of shade tolerant plants like moss. The understory was quite lush, being extremely dense in some parts. High amounts of Betulaceae made up deciduous factor meaning that the soil is likely slightly alkyne and deep with lots of nutrients, while having high moisture throughout the season. Otherwise there would be a larger number of coniferous trees as well as other types of deciduous. While leaving the site at 1330 hours the rain was beginning to lessen while other weather factor remained unchanged. 

This was a very difficult data transfer as the note taker hadn’t taken any notes. This meant that besides the weather data and a few aspects like moss growth and forest type, I was forced to use prior knowledge and deduction skills in order to provide more insight. One third of the notes are un-legible and the other two thirds are unorganized and messy. The transposition of the notes would have been more accurate if the note taker had provided more detail. As well, the notes neglect various portions of detail which make up good data such as wildlife signs such as noise and smell. 

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  1. -Effectively engaged; effective exploration; mostly clear and concise; required length.
    – A suggestion perhaps is to provide a short introduction to your field trip by including all the elements that are on the field notes that were provided to you. Doing so, with these well-written introductions, will set the tone for your blog and
    catch’s the reader’s interest.
    -No paragraphs were created in Part 1 and 2. Always create paragraphs when you have a new idea/thought.
    -Watch for: your capitalization errors, i.e.)Celsius
    -Part 1 could have been explained more in detail by providing the location of the areas you had visited including Victoria County.

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