vernal pool

Mittineague

Mittineague Park, West Springfield, Massachusetts

There are 21 plants in blossom on September the 18th.
Beggar Ticks Bidens frondosa blossoms between Aug 29 and Sep 22
Butter-and-eggs Linaria vulgaris Jul 10 to Sep 20
Chicory Cichorium intybus Jun 28 to Oct 24
Common Dodder Cuscuta gronovii Sep 02 to Oct 02
Common Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis Aug 02 to Sep 20
Common Ragweed Ambrosia artemisiifolia Jul 20 to Sep 20
Common St. Johnswort Hypericum perforatum Jun 08 to Sep 26
Daisy Fleabane Erigeron annuus May 30 to Oct 24
Fall Dandelion Leontodon autumnalis Aug 02 to Sep 30
Galinsoga Galinsoga ciliata Aug 01 to Oct 11
Hedge Bindweed Convolvulus sepium Sep 18 to Sep 18
Lady's Thumb Polygonum persicaria Aug 12 to Oct 20
Nodding Smartweed Polygonum lapathifolium Aug 12 to Oct 22
Red Clover Trifolium pratense May 23 to Oct 24
Shrubby Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa Jun 03 to Sep 19
Spotted Knapweed Centaurea maculosa Jul 31 to Sep 20
Sweet Everlasting Gnaphalium obtusifolium Aug 28 to Oct 24
Sweet Goldenrod Solidago odora Jul 31 to Sep 20....
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

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