A whole bunch of things were new at the park in 2011!
After learning about hummingbirds, workshop volunteers dug into a weedy, grassy area alongside the shed, carried rocks, and planted flowers for a hummingbird garden.
A big, airy new box turtle "habitat" was built and mounted on two wheeled cabinets of drawers. The drawers now contain the nature center's collection of skulls and birds, displayed for viewing. Still have to figure out how to get the labels to stay put, though...
It's long been a problem securing the quarry overlook sign. The soil is shallow there, and the top-heavy sign's post was not in the best of shape. A metal sign base was fabricated for the park, and members of the Friends group cast a concrete pad to anchor the base and the sign.
With only the red-tailed hawk in the outdoor cage, there was no longer any need for a partition down the center. Out it came, giving the hawk a whole new view (which he seems to be appreciating) and more space to move and be seen.
Incredibly, members of the Friends group built the new woodshed for maple syruping AND split wood AND filled it for us. We are ready for 2013 syruping.
A new sign was mounted at the tower. The fine old fiberglass sign had weathered badly and needed replacement.
New benches were built and placed on the trail below the ledges and in the south sugarbush, giving hikers convenient rest stops on the longest trail, encircling the park.
Three ugly, black plastic trash receptacles acquired a "hiding place" when a Friends member built a cabinet for them. Doors on top can be closed to keep the barn cats and raccoons out, while a door in front makes it easy to empty the trash cans.
It was getting crowded in the nature center. To make space, the old "please touch" table was eliminated, and an open stand was built to do two jobs at once. The solar panel also finally received its interpretive sign.