Friends of Monument Valley Park
Friends of Monument Valley Park
2017 FMVP Bird Walk
 Check back for the date to be scheduled in May 2017!

Our annual spring Bird Walk takes place in May.   For the past few years, the group of bird watchers has enjoyed an early morning walk through Monument Valley Park led by David Rudin, Educational Coordinator at Venetucci Farm and Pinelo Ranch.

On a previous outing, the group spotted or heard 24 different bird species 

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
Hermit Thrush (heard only)
Chipping Sparrow
Brown-Headed Cowbird
American Crow
Pine Siskin
European Starling

2017 FMVP Wildflower Walk
Check back for the date to be scheduled in June 2017!

Each June more than 25 Friends and neighbors meet 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, leads our walks and provides interesting information on each of the wildflowers that she identifies.

Below you will find a 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

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


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

Monument Valley Park Spring Cleanups

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