The EwA Fells Fieldwork Journal

Bellevue Study Sites Work & Events Logs

Community-based Citizen Science in Massachusetts Parks & Reservations


This fieldwork journal covers all the EwA site study activities happening in the Middlesex Fells Reservation at the Bellevue Pond Sites (fieldwork sessions and events). Specifically, we conduct 2 kinds of survey in the Bellevue pond area: (1) Bird monitoring ; (2) A phenology study of both florae, and of a pest (the later helping the management of eastern caterpillars).

Reference material:

  Be an EwA Naturalist (EwA Citizen Science Program Details)

  EwA at the Fells (Program Page)

 No Ph.D. Needed: Saving the Planet w/ Citizen Science (Course Seminar)

 🔗 This log short url » https://tinyurl.com/ewa-bellevue-site-log


Field Sessions (by Date)

05/22/19 > 🔭 Bellevue Fieldwork        4

Conducted Tasks        4

Session Records        4

05/30/19 > 🔭  Bellevue Fieldwork        4

Conducted Tasks        4

Session Records        5

06/05/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells        5

Conducted Tasks        5

Session Records        5

Notes | Author: Claire        5

06/16/19 > 🍃 Fell's Biobliss: Phenology & Botany at Bellevue        5

Conducted Tasks        5

Session Records        6

Notes | Author: Claire        6

06/19/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells        6

Conducted Tasks        6

Session Records        6

Notes | Author: Claire        6

06/27/19 > 🔭 Bellevue Fieldwork        6

Conducted Tasks        7

Session Records        7

Notes | Author: Charlie        7

07/03/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells        7

Conducted Tasks        7

Session Records        7

Notes | Author: Claire        7

07/31/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells        8

Conducted Tasks        8

Session Records        8

Notes | Author: Sarah        8

08/14/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells        8

Conducted Tasks        9

Session Records        9

Notes | Author: Sarah        9

08/21/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells        9

Conducted Tasks        10

Session Records        10

Notes | Author: Claire        10

09/04/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells        10

Conducted Tasks        11

Session Records        11

Notes | Authors: Mike + Claire        11

09/11/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells        11

Conducted Tasks        12

Session Records        12

Notes | Authors: Claire        12

09/25/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells        12

Conducted Tasks        13

Session Records        13

Notes | Authors: Claire        13

10/02/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells        13

Conducted Tasks        14

Session Records        14

Notes | Authors: Claire        14

10/09/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells        14

Conducted Tasks        15

Session Records        15

Notes | Authors: Claire        15

10/16/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells        15

Conducted Tasks        16

Session Records        16

Notes | Authors: Claire        16

10/23/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells        16

Conducted Tasks        17

Session Records        17

Notes | Authors: Claire        17

10/30/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells        17

Conducted Tasks        18

Session Records        18

Notes | Authors: Claire        18

11/06/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells        18

Conducted Tasks        19

Session Records        19

Notes | Authors: Claire        19

11/13/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells        19

Conducted Tasks        20

Session Records        20

Notes | Authors: Claire        20

TODOs        20


05/22/19 > 🔭 Bellevue Fieldwork

Date

5/22/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Kathy and Claire

Time

12:30-1:30pm

Weather

Sunny

Approximate Temperature

65° F / 17° C

Conducted Tasks
Session Records

05/30/19 > 🔭  Bellevue Fieldwork

Date

5/30/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire

Time

9:30-11:00am

Weather

Cloudy

Approximate Temperature

68° F / 20° C

Conducted Tasks
Session Records

06/05/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells

Date

06/05/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Charlie

Time

1 pm - 2pm

Weather

Sunny

Approximate Temperature

79°F (26°C)

Conducted Tasks
Session Records
Notes | Author: Claire

06/16/19 > 🍃 Fell's Biobliss: Phenology & Botany at Bellevue

Date

06/16/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): New trail

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Laura + Joe + Bill + Wolfgang

Time

9:30 am - 11:40am

Weather

Rainy

Approximate Temperature

69.8°F (21°C)

Conducted Tasks
Session Records
Notes | Author: Claire

06/19/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells

Date

06/19/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Sarah

Time

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Weather

Sunny

Approximate Temperature

72°F (22.22°C)

Conducted Tasks
Session Records
Notes | Author: Claire

06/27/19 > 🔭 Bellevue Fieldwork

Date

06/27/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire, Sarah, Charlie, Bill, Kathy, Mike

Time

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Weather

Sunny

Approximate Temperature

77-78°F (25°C)

Observation of the Day: Cedar waxwing [iNat record >]

Conducted Tasks
  • Phenology recording
Session Records
Notes | Author: Charlie
  • Eastern tent caterpillars are gone.
  • TODO: Close the site’s white oak, to replace with a new one in better shape (located behind the sweet birch and shagbark)

07/03/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells

Date

06/27/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire, Sarah, Jackson

Time

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Weather

Sunny

Approximate Temperature

80-88°F (26-31°C)

Observation of the Day: Eastern harvestman [iNat record >]

Conducted Tasks
  • Phenology recording
  • Pest campaign recording
Session Records
Notes | Author: Claire
  • Consider having the oak site paired with an arthropod survey > Set the site in Fall for readiness in Spring.

07/31/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells

Date

07/31/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire, Sarah, Charlie, Bill, Mike, Kathy

Time

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Weather

Sunny

Approximate Temperature

88-91°F (31-32°F)

The fallen birch to report to the DCR

(right across C6-9 trail sign)

Conducted Tasks
  • Phenology recording
  • Pest campaign recording
Session Records
Notes | Author: Sarah
  • Contact DCR about broken tree (see pic) > ☑ 08/01/19  // email sent to Bruce, Mike (DCR) + Lay, Gillian (DCR) + Duggan, Casey (DCR) + Putnam, Nancy (DCR) Kilb, Stacy (DCR)


08/14/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells

Date

08/14/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Sarah + Charlie + Mike + Kathy

Time

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Weather

Sunny

Approximate Temperature

74-75°F (23.3-23.8°C)

Observation of the Day: Stink bug [iNat record >]

Conducted Tasks
  • Phenology recording
  • Pest campaign recording
Session Records
Notes | Author: Sarah

RAS


08/21/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells

Date

08/21/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Mike + Kathy

Time

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Weather

Cloudy & Humid / Beaufort Scale: 0-1

Approximate Temperature

27°C - 32°C (81°F - 90°F)

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A few walkers aside from the EwA surveyors.

Conducted Tasks
  • Bird monitoring (via eBird)
  • Biodiversity occurrence / opportunistic (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Observation of the Day: Emergence of a crane fly [iNat record >]

📹 Video > https://www.instagram.com/p/B1d5yzgA3RX/

Notes | Author: Claire

> That emergence of a cranefly (see pic) was the treat of the day!

> About those ladybird beetle larvae… Actually we saw 2 stages: the larval stage and the pupal stage. Here is a good page for understanding the different phases > https://www.thoughtco.com/the-life-cycle-of-ladybugs-1968141


09/04/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells

Date

09/04/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Mike

Time

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Weather

Cloudy & Humid / Beaufort Scale: 1-2

Approximate Temperature

~27.7°C (80.6°F)

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A few walkers aside from the EwA surveyors.

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / opportunistic (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Observation of the Day: Spined Micrathena [iNat record >]

Notes | Authors: Mike + Claire

 Human Pollution (Violation): We counted a 10+ bags of dog poop littering the trail & 1+ dog poop. Regulations Reminder: For ecological reasons, all dogs should be kept on leash and on trail at all times in this area of the Fells. All water bodies are off limits. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets.


09/11/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells

Date

09/11/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Kathy

Time

12:33 am - 14:00 pm

Weather

Sunny + Humid / Beaufort Scale: 2

Approximate Temperature

~31-28°C (88-82.4°F)

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A few walkers aside from the EwA surveyors.

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / opportunistic (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Bird Monitoring via eBird
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Obs of the Day: Possibly a Darkling beetle [iNat record >]

Notes | Authors: Claire

RAS


09/25/19 > 🦋 Pollinator, Bird & Plant Monitoring at The Fells

Date

09/25/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Kathy + Mike + Curtis

Time

12:33 am - 14:00 pm

Weather

Sunny / Beaufort Scale: 1

Approximate Temperature

~20°C (68°F)

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A few walkers aside from the EwA surveyors.

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / opportunistic (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Bird Monitoring via eBird
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Obs of the Day: Northern Flatid Planthopper [iNat record >]

Notes | Authors: Claire

RAS


10/02/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells

Date

10/02/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire

Time

8:20 am - 09:08 am

Weather

Cloudy / Beaufort Scale: 0

Approximate Temperature

~22°C (71.6°F)

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A couple of walkers.

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / opportunistic (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Bird Monitoring via eBird
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Obs of the Day: Indian Cucumber Root [iNat record >]

Notes | Authors: Claire

 Human Pollution (Violation): We counted 5+ bags of dog poop littering the trail & 1+ dog poop. Regulations Reminder: For ecological reasons, all dogs should be kept on leash and on trail at all times in this area of the Fells. All water bodies are off limits. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets.


10/09/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells

Date

10/09/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Kathy

Time

11:30 am - 12:20 pm

Weather

Cloudy / Beaufort Scale: 1

Approximate Temperature

~14°C (57.2°F) / Humidity: 69%

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A couple of walkers.

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / opportunistic (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Bird Monitoring via eBird
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Obs of the Day: Cholociboria [iNat record >]

Notes | Authors: Claire

 Human Pollution (Violation): A few bags of dog poop littering the trail. Regulations Reminder: For ecological reasons, all dogs should be kept on leash and on trail at all times in this area of the Fells. All water bodies are off limits. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets.


10/16/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells

Date

10/23/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Kathy + Mike + Jen

Time

11:50 am - 12:30 pm

Weather

Sunny / Beaufort Scale: 3

Approximate Temperature

~16°C (60.8°F) / Humidity: 48%

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A couple of walkers.

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / area search (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Bird Monitoring via eBird
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Obs of the Day: Crowned slug moth [iNat record >]

Notes | Authors: Claire

 Human Pollution (Violation): A few bags of dog poop littering the trail. Regulations Reminder: For ecological reasons, all dogs should be kept on leash and on trail at all times in this area of the Fells. All water bodies are off limits. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets.


10/23/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells

Date

10/23/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire

Time

8:18 am - 9:00 am

Weather

Sunny / Beaufort Scale: 0

Approximate Temperature

14°C (57°F) / 92% Humidity

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A couple of walkers + dogs

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / area search (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Obs of the Day: Flowering dogwood  [iNat record >]

Notes | Authors: Claire

 Human Pollution (Violation): A few bags of dog poop littering the trail. Regulations Reminder: For ecological reasons, all dogs should be kept on leash and on trail at all times in this area of the Fells. All water bodies are off limits. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets.


10/30/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells

Date

10/30/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Kathy + Mike + Jen

Time

11:55 am - 13:21 pm

Weather

Cloudy (w/ a few sunny spots) / Beaufort Scale: 0

Approximate Temperature

17°C (63°F) / 78% Humidity

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A couple of walkers + dogs

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / area search (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Bird Monitoring via eBird
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Observation of the Day: Pond spreadwing  [iNat record >]

Notes | Authors: Claire

Human Pollution (Violation): A few bags of dog poop littering the trail. Regulations Reminder: For ecological reasons, all dogs should be kept on leash and on trail at all times in this area of the Fells. All water bodies are off limits. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets.


11/06/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells

Date

11/06/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire + Kathy

Time

11:55 am - 13:30 pm

Weather

Sunny / Beaufort Scale: 1-2

Approximate Temperature

11°C (51.8°F) / 43% Humidity

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A couple of walkers + dogs

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / area search (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
  • Bird Monitoring via eBird
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN > Nature’s Notebook)
Session Records

Observation of the Day: Autumn Meadowhawk [iNat record >]

Notes | Authors: Claire

Human Pollution (Violation): Too many bags of dog poop littering the trail. Regulations Reminder: For ecological reasons, all dogs should be kept on leash and on trail at all times in this area of the Fells. All water bodies are off limits. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets.


11/13/19 > 🍂 Plant & Wildlife Monitoring at The Fells

Date

11/13/19

Site

Bellevue Pond (Fells): Both Sites

Surveyor’s Names

Claire

Time

8:22 am - 9:00 am

Weather

Sunny / Beaufort Scale: 1

Approximate Temperature

-7--6°C (19.4-21.2°F) / 40% Humidity

Foot & paw traffic (low, medium or high?)

Low < 5 | Med 5-10 | High > 10

Low ☑ // A couple of walkers + dogs

Conducted Tasks

  • Biodiversity occurrence / area search (via iNaturalist)
  • Phenology recording (via NPN-NN)
  • Bird Monitoring (via NPN-NN)
  • Pest campaign recording (via NPN-NN)
  • Fells Poop Mapping (via G-MyMaps)
Session Records
Notes | Authors: Claire

Season is over. We’re closing the Bellevue sites for the year!

Human Pollution (Violation): Too many bags of dog poop littering the trail. Regulations Reminder: For ecological reasons, all dogs should be kept on leash and on trail at all times in this area of the Fells. All water bodies are off limits. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets.


TODOs


[1] EwA Phenology Observation Quantity Dashboard > Get to the Observation Quantity Dashboard down the page. In the Local Phenology Project/Network dropdown, deselect the default value and pic ‘Earthwise Aware’. There you go, enjoy the visualization of our phenology data across our different study sites!

[2] EwA Phenology Records > Click on the map’s site location (blue circle) to explore EwA data.


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