At the 2006 Governor's Insitute of Vermont Science and Technology
program, the students were divided into three separate groups based on
their interests in natural science. Each group studied and
conducted field research in a different area of the Huntington Audubon
Center. Our group's project was to research the beaver pond, the
hemlock forest and swamp, and a maple decidous forest.
The Beaver Pond area is actually a series of six or seven terraced
ponds that were created by beavers building several dams in a small
stream. This stream runs downhill from the original and largest
beaver pond, eventually flowing into the Huntington River. The
beavers have changed the ecosystem of this area by damming the stream,
changing what used to be a mixed deciduous forest into a wetland.
The flooding has killed many trees in the area and the beavers use the
remaining forest as their source of wood. Once they have
exhausted their wood resource, the beavers will move to a new habitat.
Hemlock Swamp is an area found north of
the Beaver Pond at the Audubon
Center. This area is rich in peat, over 22 cm in some
areas! The soil of the swamp and the forest are both highly
acidic with Ph levels between 4.0-5.0. Insects are very common in the
swamp damsel flies, dragon flies,
and even butterflies can be found in this area. The most common
creature found in the swamp
are frogs which do well in the enviroment due to the low-level of
competition. About 50% of the ground is covered in various
mosses, they are one of the plants that do well in the area.
This area is interesting for it's highlyacidic soils, diverse mosses,
and the interesting enviroment.