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PUBLIC WARNING OF MONTHLY MEETINGS OF THE MONTPELIER PARKS COMMISSION

The residents of Montpelier are hereby warned that the next Montpelier Parks Commission will be Thursday April 17, 2014, 7:00 PM, in the Memorial Room at City Hall.

All meetings are open to the public.


Mud Season brings a variety of changes 3/28

This year marks a big change from the past since park gates will not be able to be closed for mud season as they have for many decades. This year gates will need to remain open while we seek follow steps outlined by the state that include gathering signatures for petitions from Montpelier voters and then raising the issue in a public forum, such as the city council. 
Please look for the petition at the clerks office in city hall or the park office.
thank you for your help and patience.


 Long Travels: March Migrations
Written by: Stephanie Olsen
AmeriCorps VISTA


"One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of the March thaw, is the spring" 

Aldo Leopold wrote these words to start off the chapter entitled "March" in his famous and extremely loved book, "A Sand County Almanac." While we still have snow laying on the ground that is hiding the murk of spring, and cold weather's making the word spring sound so distant, we still can see and hear avian species migrating back into the area. 

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On your way to work in the mornings to clear off your car from any snow fallen from the night before, stop and listen. I can be certain you will hear bird calls and songs that were absent last month and maybe even last week! Species are springing up here and there and will continue to be showing up in the next month or two! This makes birding exciting for everyone off all ages. Grab your binoculars and a note pad and get the family outside! Keep track each week of birds you are seeing, you will be surprised on how many  new birds you will seeing as each week passes in March, April and even May! 

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I also keep a bird species list! It is a great way to sharpen up your bird identification skills and gets you tuned in to bird tunes! So far, I have been able to see and hear the following at the parks...

Northern Cardinal
Black-Capped Chickadee
Common Crow
Northern Raven
American Robins
Mallard
Common Merganser 
Barred Owl
White Breasted Nuthatch
Ruffed Grouse

And be sure to keep us posted of what bird species you see in the park! We are looking to keep track of all of the bird species that have been seen in any of our parks. Post it up on our Facebook of What bird you have seen, when you saw it and where you saw it! 


Volunteer Tracker 2014

As of April 1, 2014

Total Hours: 363
Total Volunteers:49 

January: 269
February: 29
March: 65

Montpelier has a wonderful community who generously donates their time to helping to keep Montpelier Parks clean and beautiful! It always is amazing to see how many hours every year community members donate. Here is a fun way to keep track of how many hours people are donating and how many volunteers help out at the park. 

If you are you interested in volunteering at the park, call the park office at 802-223-7335 or email Parks Director Geoff Beyer at Geoffbeyer@gmail.com

**MONTPELIER PARKS OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE!**


Like the Montpelier Parks OFFICIAL page on Facebook!

Check out pictures of the park, fun facts about Vermont's wildlife, plants and natural history, projects happening at the park, and updates on events at the parks!! 

www.facebook.com/MontpelierParks



 
Firewood for Sale

Ultra sustainably harvested firewood for sale. 
A variety of lengths available, including some short chunks for relatively cheap.
Some ash lumber also available.
Proceeds assist park projects.

Lumber available

Some cherry and white ash available. You can also get an order for special dimensions as we will likely mill up a few trees in the near future.
Email for info

 
Park Commission Planning Documents

Working drafts of a Park commission vision for city parks and trails in Montpelier.
Click on links (in blue) to download a copy of the vision or description
1.
Parks Greenprint is a map of the vision
2.  
Description of the vision as proposed by the Parks Commission
How the vision could happen is through purchase, grants and/ or donations, or .....


Park Maps!


Link to Montpelier Recreation Department and Recreation Events
www.montpelierrec.org/events



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More links:     

Hubbard Park
  North Branch River Park   Pocket Parks   Park Maps