Friends of

Mianus River Park

An All Volunteer Organization whose Goal is

to Sustain and Protect the Mianus River Park

Latest News

Annual Meeting: January 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Please join the Friends for our Annual Public Meeting on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022. The Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm and will be conducted on Zoom.

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Stephen Kress. STEPHEN KRESS is the founder of the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin and a visiting fellow of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, where he has taught courses in ornithology and birding for many years. He previously served as Vice-President for Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society and Director of the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, Maine.

Innovative seabird restoration methods that he developed in Maine are now standard practice worldwide. He has parallel interests in managing habitats for land birds and has authored several books on attracting birds, especially creating habitats using native plants. Dr. Kress received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Environmental Education and received his Master’s and undergraduate degrees in wildlife management from Ohio State University.

One of the birds Dr. Kress will be discussing is the Great Horned Owl. Native to the US, they will be nesting in the area (including the park) at the time of Dr. Kress's presentation.

In addition to hearing from Dr. Kress, we will provide an update on the park, introduce our Board Members and answer any questions or park-related concerns you may have.

Please RSVP friendsofmianusriverpark@gmail.com by Friday, January 14, 2022. We will forward the Zoom invite prior to the meeting.

We hope that you can join us.

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Eagles on the River


Bald eagles continue to do well on the Mianus River. Keep an eye as as in the next few weeks, they will be scouting for nest sites and building their epic nests.


The below link has more information plus a great chart about their breeding timeline.


https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Wildlife/Learn-About-Wildlife/Bald-Eagles-in-Connecticut?fbclid=IwAR2HTF-TShA_9lR-r4LNdzhiE20RWmMYPIvFW4f7Kr-Qen0bu9qyjBDKAOc


Scroll down the page to see recent photos taken of the eagles about a mile down the river from the park.

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Monthly Hikes/Plikes

Join Friends for our monthly hikes. For the next several months, we are moving the hikes to the first Tuesday of every month. We call these hikes Plikes as we are borrowing the term from the Swedes who combine jogging and plocka upp (to pick up) to obtain plogging. Thus Hiking plus plocka upp, gets us Pliking.

Our Plikes run about 2 hours and are to the less used areas of the park. This allows us the opportunity to explore, check on the status of less used trails, and tidy up as we go.

In the event of rain, we will meet on the following Tuesday. Please be sure to check our Facebook page if you have any questions regarding the weather.

Our meeting point is 9:00 am at the bridge on Merriebrook Lane in Stamford. Please bring gloves and a small trash bag. We hope that you can join us.

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Latest Park map installed at kiosk.


Copies of the new park map have been installed at the kiosks. Along with the map, we have added a QR code so that you can load the map directly to your phone and carry it with you. Simply, hover over the QR code with your cellphone camera and you will be linked to the park map located on our website.


In addition, we revamped and renumbered our Nature Trail Activity Map and added QR codes to the markers. The marker QR codes allow you to link to the Nature Trail described on our website. The trail, marked with green blazes painted on trees, features thirteen points of interest, marked by lettered green posts (A-M), throughout the park. They can be used as a starting point for further study or simply as a brief description of what can be noted during a walk in the woods. The route is about two and a half miles in length and takes about two hours to complete at a leisurely pace. It serves as a great way to explore the park.

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Support the Park:

Amazon Smiles

You can make an impact when you shop on Amazon. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3949212 and AmazonSmile will donate to Friends Of Mianus River Park Inc, at no cost to you.


Classy Groundcovers Affiliate Program


As an affiliate of Classy Groudcovers, Friends earns a percentage of every purchase made using the link below. The website is comprehensive and provides the necessary detail to ensure you select the correct plants for your yard. To assist new gardeners, they have also provided a Garden Guide written by Sarah Oliver.

Use the below link to access the Classy Groundcover website and ensure that Friend is properly credited: https://classygroundcovers.com/?affl=Mianus.

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Don't fence me in (or is it out)?

With Covid-19, we have seen a surge in park visitors. Anyone frequenting the park will notice the added trash plus wear and tear. Besides being very unsightly, it becomes especially problematic near the riverbanks. When trees and shrubs are destroyed, their roots can no longer hold the dirt in place. The resulting erosion impacts not only the quality of the water but also the habitat for the aquatic species making their home in the river. The widening river becomes warmer as it becomes shallower. This impacts trout and other native aquatic species as they thrive in cooler climates.

Fences have been placed along the river's edge to address erosion. They serve to not only mitigate the damage created by park users but also to create an environment that allows flora and fauna to thrive. The goal is to restore the areas to their original state so that fences can be removed. However, it takes time and patience for Mother Earth to work her magic.


Questions?

Contact friendsofmianusriverpark@gmail.com for more information about the park