23 days and two more squares to explore: Lilyfield 14PA24 and West St. Paul 14PA34

Lilyfield 14PA24 is part of the RM of Rockwood. the square straddles the Gunton escarpment, the limestone bedrock cliff buried in Lake Agassiz mud that runs north from Winnipeg. The limestone raises the overall elevation of the area and changes the soil depths and moisture available to organisms. Grassmere Creek has been straightened and deepened for much of its length to form the main drain for this area. The mile grid roads and drainage ditches divide this square into sections dominated by agricultural use.

At the time of posting, 62 observations had been uploaded by 14 observers, led by @toriol . 48 species have been identified here, including 22 plants and 11 birds. The most frequently observed species is the Salt Marsh Moth with 3observations. The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas mentions that 35 species of birds were confirmed breeding in this square, with another 64 species possible and probable. Here's the full list.


West St. Paul 14PA34 is shared between RM of West St Paul and the RM of Rockwood. Grassmere Creek flows east through the square, altered to more efficiently drain the agricultural area. The mile grid roads and adjacent drainage ditches meet the river lot divisions stretching back from the Red River. The areas of this square nearest to the city itself are being divided into smaller lots for residential use.

At the time of posting, 64 observations had been uploaded by 8 observers, led by @sevenoaksgrows . 57 species have been identified - dominated by plants (39). The most frequently observed species is the Salt Marsh Moth with 3 observations. The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas confirmed that 18 species of birds can be found breeding in this area with another 43 species possible or probable. Here's the full list.

Phenology is the study of cyclical natural phenomena, the relationships between climate and plant and animal life. Heat islands are urban areas that experience higher temperatures than their surroundings. Buildings, roads, and other infrastructure tend to absorb and re-emit the sun's heat more than natural landscapes such as forests and water bodies. Our observations within the survey area both within the city itself and the areas adjacent can provide data that can be used to understand our particular heat island effect on the phenology of our particular ecology.

Happy observing!

Publicado por marykrieger marykrieger, 06 de abril de 2021

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Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the time and effort you put into these very detailed posts! It's getting me stoked for April 30!

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