Ephemeral spring flowers and what could be better than taking a Sunday morning guided tour of a Colchester natural resource by Vermont State Park Ranger, Lisa Liotta?
Niquette Bay is a section of the larger Mallett’s Bay part of Lake Champlain.
This nature walk along one of the trails at the 553-acre site was both educational and relaxing.
Before Memorial Day Weekend, the official season opening, of the state park admission is free.
During the season the fees are extremely reasonable at $3 per person.
Passes, punch cards and many other programs and services are available.
Many people choose to take part in the Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge which is a wide checklist of family fun activities and exercise for all levels.
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The scorecard and instructions are included on the Vermont State Park website.
For each fun task points are given.
Once 250 points are accumulated during April 1, 2013 and October 15, 2013, a free day entry into a Vermont State Park will be won for the rest of the 2013 season.
Also, free day entry for the entire 2014 season and a VIP gold medal completes the reward.
Please see the list and photos of the wildflowers discovered on this hike.
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Lisa Liotta, Vermont State Park Ranger
The leader was very knowledgeable of the wildlife found in Niquette Bay State Park.
Approximately 20 hikers joined this two hour exploration.
Wildflower field guides and phone apps were also helpful tools.
Niquette Bay family wildflower hike
The surname Niquette has the most widely recognized translation as eloquent.
Fluent and forced expression, vividly or movingly expressive definitions wonderfully describe the natural beauty at this Vermont State Park.
Hepaticas and Dutchman’s Breeches
Wildflowers can be identified by the blossom and the leaf shape.
White was the most abundant color of these ephemeral spring flowers.
Word of the day: Ephemeral
The meaning is lasting for a short period of time.
Dutchman’s Breeches along moss covered rock
In the spring the deciduous trees have only begun to bud, and with no leaf canopy plenty of sunlight urges these specimens to come to life.
The temperature and the ever changing environment contribute to their brief appearance.
All age hikers are welcome!
Twenty locals participated in the wildflower hike at Niquette Bay State Park.
Families of all ages, all generations, from Colchester, Burlington, Essex, and Montgomery, Vermont, to name a few, visited this park for the first time.
Dog Friendly Location
Pets are permitted at Niquette Bay State Park.
Some trails allow off-leash dog walks. Please consult the park maps or check with the park ranger.
With a magnifying glass many details are visible to these plants at the woodland floor.
This member of the Birthwort Family holds a cup-shaped flower with maroon lobes. It has large leaves and hairy stalks.
Columbine, Trillium and Bloodwart
These two white flowers were a bit trickier for this examiner to recognize.
The shorter with a white round blossom, is a member of the trillium family, maybe a Nodding Trillium?
The taller stalk with cluster is Columbine which will flower in a few weeks.
Lower in the photo with round leaves are Bloodwart yet to open.
What’s your guess?
A single yellowish drooping flower with star points distinguishes its features.
The Large-flowered Bellwort, Sessile Bellwort and Trout-Lily are all relatives in the Lily Family.
They were a little harder to spot on this hike, as the yellow color was only beginning to appear.
View across Niquette Bay to Thayer Beach
Niquette Bay is a section of the larger Mallett’s Bay both located in the town of Colchester along the shores of Lake Champlain.
The state park trail is comprised of three interlocking loops; the complete loop is measured at 3.5 miles.
Thank you, Lisa Liotta!
Lisa Liotta, Vermont State Park Ranger, made identifying wildflowers with other participants on a guided hike at Niquette Bay a refreshing and enlightening way to spend the morning.
Please come visit during the summer and see how nature and the landscape continually change.