vernal pool


Mittineague Park, West Springfield, Massachusetts

There are 41 plants in blossom on May the 24th.
Blue Toadflax Linaria canadensis blossoms between May 23 and Jun 17
Bluets Houstonia caerulea Apr 18 to Jun 18
Canada Mayflower Maianthemum canadense May 15 to Jun 03
Celandine Chelidonium majus May 07 to Sep 11
Cleavers Galium aparine May 15 to May 27
Common Chickweed Stellaria media Mar 26 to Jun 09
Common Cinquefoil Potentilla simplex Apr 30 to Aug 19
Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Apr 03 to May 21
Common Winter Cress Barbarea vulgaris Apr 25 to May 30
Cow Vetch Vicia cracca May 23 to Aug 29
Dame's Violet Hesperis matronalis May 15 to Jun 18
Dwarf Cinquefoil Potentilla canadensis Apr 18 to May 30
False Solomon's Seal Smilacina racemosa May 15 to May 30
Field Hawkweed Hieracium pratense May 23 to Sep 07
Garlic Mustard Alliaria officinalis Apr 29 to Jun 17
Golden Alexanders Zizia aurea May 15 to May 30
Great Chickweed Stellaria pubera May 07 to Jun 19
Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea Apr 20 to Jun 18
Hooked Crowfoot Ranunculus recurvatus May 18 to May 23
Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema atrorubens May 18 to May 23
Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica May 21 to May 30
Larger Blueflag Iris versicolor May 21 to Jun 05
Moss Phlox Phlox subulata Apr 16 to Jun 01
Mouse-ear Chickweed Cerastium vulgatum Apr 24 to May 27
Myrtle Vinca minor Apr 11 to Jun 01
Northern White Violet Viola pallens Apr 21 to May 21
Oxeye Daisy Chrysanthemum leucanthemum May 15 to Aug 02
Pink Lady Slipper Cypripedium acaule May 15 to May 28
Red Clover Trifolium pratense May 23 to Oct 24
Small Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphyllum May 18 to May 23
Star of Bethlehem Ornithogalum umbellatum May 26 to Jun 01
Tall Buttercup Ranunculus acris May 15 to Jul 16
Thyme-leaved Speedwell Veronica serpyllifolia May 10 to Aug 02
True Forget-me-not Myosotis scorpioides May 02 to Jun 07
Water Hemlock Cicuta maculata May 15 to Jul 16....
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:
# of
"FIFE" to "A":Fife Lane
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
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
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

A great Site: U.S.G.S.
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