Its Fall. the leaves are beginning to turn and fall, grass is getting drier, days are shorter and school gets harder. One thing that definitely happens in fall with the leaves dropping, we cant take tree canopy cover measurements anymore. We managed to successfully measure all the trees before the leaves did any significant dropping and the summer 2016 field season comes to a close. To mark that seasonal change is our Monarch butterfly larvae friend here, chowing down on a milkweed leaf. This little guy will winter here on this plant. Maybe I’ll see a cocoon when we come out to take diameter and height measurements in a few months when the trees are nekkid. Happy Fall!