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Signs of spring in Meriden’s Hubbard Park

Signs of spring in Meriden’s Hubbard Park

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MERIDEN—In Hubbard Park, the city’s famous daffodils are starting to bloom and people are starting to fish.

Since the first day of spring, the park has started to come alive with residents enjoying themselves outside after a long winter. 

On a recent day, some were feeding ducks and geese, while others were walking their dogs.

Isaac Martinez was teaching his daughter, Haley Martinez, how to fish in Mirror Lake. 

“I live right behind Platt,” Martinez said. “So I come here (Hubbard Park) just about everyday when it’s nice out.

“We love to catch all sorts of fish,” he added. Haley “loves catching the catfish, sometimes it’s the trout.” 

You can also hear the sounds of spring.

Harmony Scaglione, of the Meriden Land Trust, said spring peepers – tiny frogs – are one of the signs that winter is over.

“They mate in the snow melt pools,” Scaglione said. “You can hear them on trails above Black Pond and on West Peak.”

“Spring peepers emerge from their burrows very early in spring, as soon as night temperatures begin to stay above about 40 degrees,” according to the Connecticut Wildlife website.

The paper-clip size frogs can be hard to spot because their color is a natural camouflage, according to National Geographic. The males peep to females as a mating ritual.

Scagilone added that spring peepers were especially important to the Mohegan tribe of Connecticut.

“The Mohegan people, Connecticut's first inhabitants, did not say ‘April,’” Scagilone said. “But "Peeping Frog Moon.’”

Martinez and his family continue to enjoy the warm weather as they anticipate the annual Daffodil Festival, the city’s landmark spring celebration, later this month. 

“Oh, we’re excited for it,” Martinez said.” “We go almost every year.”

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