Assignment 2: Field Survey of Wild Goose Run
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Field surveys are an important aspect concerning protecting natural environments as well understanding how an ecosystem functions. I decided to do my field survey on Wild Goose Woods located in the University of Guelph’s Arboretum. The Arboretum was founded in the early 1970’s and has developed into an array of botanical gardens, walking trails and conservation programs. Administrative Information
The Arboretum is publically managed by the University of Guelph. Although there is no private ownership it continues to be maintained by the Director- Professor Shelly Hunt- a forest ecologist in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES). Alongside Professor Hunt, over 100 volunteers from the University and the Guelph community maintain this site.The Arboretum has over 8 kilometers of trail over a span of 410 acres. There are numerous trails including the Trillium Trail, the Ivey Trail, John McCrea Trail and Wild Goose Woods. Wild Goose Woods is a 1.5 kilometer trail which follows a single pathway or boardwalk which allows hikers to walk through the wetlands and tall grasses located within. Cultural Features
As I walked through Wild Goose Woods and some of the other trails of the Arboretum I took notice to several different uses. The first thing that immediately caught my attention was the countless groups of joggers that constantly kept on passing by my side. I decided that the Arboretum was an ideal place to jog because of its many long windy gravel pathways coupled with the many sights and sounds of nature. Alongside joggers, I saw numerous people (mostly couples) holding hands and walking their dogs. I also took notice to many man-made features as I conducted my field research. Immediately after entering Wild Goose Woods I noticed a small shelter constructed out of large tree branches and old tree logs. The trails that run through the Arboretum are filled with park benches,...
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