When we visited Wenyu river after 2 months on March 7, 2019, we noticed a few signs of the upcoming spring. There were a few birds flying in the sky. Also, there were many spiders in the ground which were not there last time. The weather was still cold but not as much as last time. The group who was collecting insects collected more than 3 of spiders.
Big tree data points- In this trip, the big tree’s trunk was still dark brown, just like all the previous trips we made. There were no leaves, not even dry ones hanging on the branches even now. There were 2 ‘human impacts’ or pieces of trash near the big tree only, which is a lot less that last time. About this, I notice that since the very first trip in September, the pieces of trash have been decreasing by almost halves. I think that this is because the pieces of trash have been buried in the ground now, not that it would be decomposed.
Mushroom tree data points- Like last time, there were no leaves, just like the Big tree. There were 79 mushrooms and this time, the mushrooms looked much more alive and were softer. This time, there were 8 more mushrooms than last time. This probably means that newer mushroom grew which means the weather became warmer (since last time, mushrooms were less than in November). Newer mushrooms grew and the older ones that had survived the winter replenished. The trunk colour was lightish brown, darker then last time but not dark enough. There were no cracks so that means the trunk was more moist than last time.
Glass Patch data point- There were 168 glass pieces which is almost 10% more then last time. I think that although some glass pieces got buried, the wind and people walking on the glass pieces broke them up. Another proof for people walking on them is that the glass pieces were a lot more spread out than last time. They were spread in more than 2 metres periphery which was a lot more than last time where all the glass pieces were with a 1 metre by 2 metre rectangle.
Next time we collect data, I wonder if the glass pieces will increase or decrease and will they be more spread out. I also wonder if there would be leaves or not. I think that big tree’s trunk will still be dark brown. I also wonder if the mushrooms will be more alive and if there will be any changes in the mushroom tree’s trunk colour. Apart from our data points, I wonder if (and/or think) the weather will be warmer. I also wonder if the ground will be softer. I wonder if next time the pieces of trash around the big tree would be 0 or would it increase because more people would come and throw the trash since the weather would be warm.