Friends of Monument Valley Park
Friends of Monument Valley Park
FMVP Wildflower Walk -- June 6, 2015

More than 25 Friends and neighbors met in the Northern Half of Monument Valley Park to enjoy a variety of wildflowers blooming in the Park.  Carey Harrington, a Colorado Native Plant Master, led the walk and provided interesting information on each of the wildflowers that she identified.


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: 

Eurasian Collared-Dove
House Finch
Black-billed Magpie
Swallow Species
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Accipiter Species (Sharp-shinned or Cooper's Hawk)
Mourning Dove
Black-Chinned Hummingbird
Western Tanager
Black-Capped Chickadee
Canada Goose
House Wren
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow Warbler
Great Horned Owl
Mallard
Hermit Thrush (heard only)
Chipping Sparrow
Brown-Headed Cowbird
American Crow
Pine Siskin
European Starling

  
It was a great morning for bird watching.  Thanks to all who came out.  See you next year!


FMVP Wildflower Walks


Each Spring in early June, Carey Harrington, a Colorado Native Plant Master, leads wildflower enthusiasts on a walk in Monument Valley Park.   She graciously provided us with the following list of wildflowers that the group saw on a past outing.

If you want to learn more about the plants, flowers, and trees in Monument Valley Park, please visit Carey's website at  http://careymoonbeam.wordpress.com/


Evening primrose (Oenothera spp.) – Native
Western spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis) – Native
Wild onion (Allium textile) – Native
Redstem filaree (Erodium cicutarium) – Alien, Colorado Noxious Weed List C
Scarlet gaura (Gaura coccinea) – Native

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



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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.
 

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