vernal pool

Mittineague

Mittineague Park, West Springfield, Massachusetts

There are 49 plants in blossom on July the 4th.
Asiatic Dayflower Commelina communis blossoms between Jun 29 and Aug 29
Bee Balm Monarda didyma Jun 27 to Aug 07
Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus Jun 20 to Sep 05
Bittersweet Nightshade Solanum dulcamara May 30 to Sep 06
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia serotina Jun 18 to Sep 06
Black Nightshade Solanum nigrum Jun 29 to Sep 06
Bouncing Bet Saponaria officinalis Jun 03 to Aug 31
Canada Lily Lilium canadense Jul 01 to Jul 10
Celandine Chelidonium majus May 07 to Sep 11
Chicory Cichorium intybus Jun 28 to Oct 24
Common Cattail Typha latifolia Jun 18 to Jul 01
Common Cinquefoil Potentilla simplex Apr 30 to Aug 19
Common Elder Sambucus canadensis Jun 12 to Jul 10
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Jun 18 to Jul 09
Common Mullein Verbascum thapsus Jun 17 to Jul 22
Common Plantain Plantago major Jun 27 to Jul 16
Common St. Johnswort Hypericum perforatum Jun 08 to Sep 26
Cow Vetch Vicia cracca May 23 to Aug 29
Creeping Wood Sorrel Oxalis corniculata May 28 to Aug 29
Daisy Fleabane Erigeron annuus May 30 to Oct 24
Day Lily Hemerocallis fulva Jun 20 to Jul 22
Enchanters Nightshade Circaea quadrisulcata Jun 24 to Aug 02
English Plantain Plantago lanceolata Jun 08 to Jul 18
Field Hawkweed Hieracium pratense May 23 to Sep 07
Fringed Loosestrife Lysimachia ciliata Jul 01 to Aug 02
Heal-all Prunella vulgaris Jun 19 to Aug 29
Henbit Lamium amplexicaule Jun 19 to Aug 29
Indian Tobacco Lobelia inflata Jun 25 to Aug 28
Meadowsweet Spiraea latifolia Jun 27 to Aug 25
Mild Water Pepper Polygonum hydropiperoides Jul 01 to Jul 01
Moneywort Lysimachia nummularia Jun 15 to Jul 10
Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca Jun 23 to Aug 12
Oxeye Daisy Chrysanthemum leucanthemum May 15 to Aug 02
Pokeweed Phytolacca americana Jul 01 to Jul 23
Red Clover Trifolium pratense May 23 to Oct 24
Shrubby Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa Jun 03 to Sep 19
Spiderwort Tradescantia virginiana Jun 16 to Jul 11
Spotted Touch-me-not Impatiens capensis Jul 01 to Sep 11
Tall Buttercup Ranunculus acris May 15 to Jul 16
Tall Meadow Rue Thalictrum polygamum Jun 18 to Jul 10
Thyme-leaved Speedwell Veronica serpyllifolia May 10 to Aug 02
Water Hemlock Cicuta maculata May 15 to ....
What can be said? I love the park. Looking at the U.S.G.S. topographic map image reveals why. It's a place of Nature. A "heart" of wetland in the Robinson State Park wildlife corridor. Even the map has "typo'ed" by putting the word "state" on an area representing a portion of Mittineague Park! That's how essential this area is. The more you learn of Geology, Ecology, Hydrology, Biodiversity, and Natural Science in general (is there such a thing?) the more you will appreciate Mittineague Park. The more you visit, the more you will love it. The Park has many Vernal Pools, home to rare and threatened species. It is my belief that minimal disturbance is best for this section of land despite the separation of the southern most section by the railroad tracks and power lines, and perhaps any effect of the Fill. The Drumlin is a Glacial effect. Notice it's shape on the topo. For an alternate view of the area, check out the map on the Surficial Geology page.
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Mittineague Park photo pages:
Thumb Nail pages: Thumbnails link to large-photo, sequential click-through pages. The auto-aligning feature requires javascript.
Slide Show pages: Pages with JavaScript image exchange for sequential viewing.
Number of photos per page range from
9 (760K) to 22 (1.65MB)
the Topographic Map may be seen in a Pop-up window by clicking the "View Map" button found on the bottom of each page.

Mittineague Park topographic map

The super-imposed letters are mine. They represent the following:
PagePathDateThumb
Nails
Slide
Show
# of
Pics
"FIFE" to "A":Fife Lane
Entrance
Jun 3TNSS16
"A" to "B":the DrumlinFeb 27TNSS22
"B" to "C":the RailFeb 27TNSS10
"B" to "C":the Lower RoadAug 26TNSS14
"A" to "mt":the meadowSep 10TNSS11
"C" to "F":the Upper TerraceFeb 27TNSS10
"C" to "A":North on the
Drumlin
Jul 16TNSS18
"B" to "mt":on the roadSep 10TNSS14
"F" to "D":the FillFeb 27TNSS21
"F" to "D":Vernal PoolsMar 23TNSS14
"C" to "E":SouthEast Shore
part 1
Jun 3TNSS16
"C" to "E":SouthEast Shore
part 2
Jun 3TNSS16
"D" to "C":Power LinesMay 7TNSS13
"D" to "E":SouthWest ShoreFeb 27TNSS16
"E" to "F":the PenninsulaJul 1TNSS21
"PARK" to "M":Park Drive
Entrance
May 7TNSS9
"M" to "B":the MeadowMar 23TNSS19
"C" to "B":Lower Shore
part 1
Mar 23TNSS12
"C" to "B":Lower Shore
part 2
Mar 23TNSS12
"mt" to "S":Buffalo MountainSep 10TNSS13
"S" to "PARK":the Stone ParkOct 8TNSS11
"X" to "Z":Robinson ParkDec 19TNSS16

Map image is from the U.S.G.S. West Springfield Quadrangle, Massachusetts ~ Connecticut
7.5 minute series (topographic) N4200 W7237.5 / 7.5 1958

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