As the official Lay Monitoring organization for Muckross Pond, we monitor weekly all summer long for chlorophyll, phosphorus, clarity, and aquatic organisms. We'll also look at algae and dragonflies.
"Muckross State Park was established in July, 2016 when the estate of the late State Senator Edgar May donated his former home property to the State of Vermont. The 204 acre property is part of a once-larger estate constructed by local industrialist W.D. Woolson in the early 20th century. At one time, the estate included nearly 1,000 acres of land, two trout ponds, an expansive compound of buildings including a main lodge and several cottages. It purportedly is named after Muckross House in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland.
Mr. May, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and local politician, made Muckross his home for over 50 years. It was his desire to see his home become a state park open to all for recreation and learning. In keeping with Mr. May’s wishes, planning is underway to incorporate nature education and dispersed recreation on the property. Since this is a new state park, there is not yet onsite parking or a formal trail system. Visitors may explore on foot a small network of roads and foot trails. A small pond is impounded by a concrete dam on a small tributary of the Black River. There is an impressive 80-foot waterfall downstream of the pond. There are several vistas of the Black and Connecticut Rivers from outcroppings though no trails lead to them."
Join us on Sunday, July 29th as we explore the flora and fauna of Muckross State Park and Hoyt's Landing, recording observations using iNaturalist (so bring your camera or smartphone) to connect with scientists! We'll also build the Vermont Atlas of Life and a first-ever Natural Resources Inventory of Muckross State Park. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more details and pre-register; BioBlitz is free, but a donation of $10 will help offset the cost of the shuttle bus. Special cinch-sacks and buttons will be available for those giving a donation. Learn about iNaturalist here, and sign up today to get familiar with it!