FMVP Bird Walk -- May 15, 2015
Our annual spring Bird Walk took place at 7:30 am on May 15th. The group of over 25 bird watchers enjoyed an early morning walk through Monument Valley Park led by David Rudin, Educational Coordinator at Venetucci Farm and Pinelo Ranch.
The group spotted or heard 24 different bird species including:
Accipiter Species (Sharp-shinned or Cooper's Hawk)
Great Horned Owl
Hermit Thrush (heard only)
Crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum) – Alien
Fringed puccoon (Lithospermum incisum) – Native
Early vetch (Astragalus spp.) – Native
Salsify (Tragopogon dubius) – Alien
Brittle cactus (Opuntia fragilis) – Native
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) – Alien
Chokecherry (Padus virginiana) – Native
American plum (Prunus americana) – Native
Smooth brome (Bromus inermis) – Alien
Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) – Alien
Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) – Alien
Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens) – Alien
Goji berry or wolfberry (Lycium barbarum) – Alien
FMVP Tenth Anniversary Lilac Planting
FMVP celebrated the tenth anniversary of the organization's inception by teaming with city parks personnel to plant lilac bushs in the the Park. The varieties were General Palmer's favorites: the common purple, the common white, the Ludwig spaeth, and Persian lilac.
The ten lilacs are just west of the parking lot on Glen and Cache la Poudre, by the main parking lot on the way to the tennis courts. A commemorative plaque will be placed there soon.
Arbor Day Celebrations