“The cycle of the seasons creates a changing tableau of plants, animals and fungi for the amateur naturalist. A variety of ecosystems – running water in the brook, the pond, meadows and forest – can be observed and explored. It would be safe to say that using a keen eye and ear, a visitor could experience something new every day by spending even a brief time in the park.
Many of the larger animals cannot be supported by the confines of the park and so are transients. Deer, red foxes, wild turkeys, rabbits, mice, voles, raccoons, skunks, opossums are regularly sighted in the park. And squirrels are numerous in the park.
Red-tailed hawks frequently fly low throughout the park and have been spotted on the peak of the Children’s House. The pileated woodpecker, now considered to be the largest woodpecker in North America, may be seen during the summer. Of course, flocks of robins, crows, blackbirds hover and flit throughout the park.
Near the pond, red-winged blackbirds make their nest each Spring. Just don’t get too close or you will be dive-bombed by parents protecting their nests.”