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Posts from January 2014

The Winter weather made some lasting impressions at the Park, well, lasting till they melted…

City Park had 2 Sneaux Days with no snow but lots of ice! Photo by: City Parker Fissweed Photo by: City Parker Todd Image Photo by: City Parker Todd And then came the sun! Image

Undine! Chances are you recognize this sculpture but didn’t know her name

Lily Pond and Conservatory Rose Beds with Undine: At the entrance to the Conservatory of the Two Sisters in the New Orleans Botanical Garden is the garden's collection of aquatics. This pond holds a variety of tropical and hardy water lilies and other aquatics from late March to Fall. . The pool is unfiltered. Submerged plants help to keep the water clean while fish eat any mosquito larvae. Each of the plants in the pond is planted in plastic pots raised off the pond's floor to six to eight inches below the water surface. In the keyhole of the pond is Undine, (1935) a sculpture by Rose Marie Huth. The pond is flanked by four formal rose beds holding several varieties of modern roses. Today's a great day to visit the New Orleans Botanical Garden! Well, any day is a great day! (Except Mondays, on Mondays they are closed). OPEN:Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am-4:30 pm. Hope to see you there soon!


City Park is home to many animals including many squirrels! In honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day today (Jan. 21), here are 21 noteworthy squirrel facts: 1. There are more than 200 squirrel species worldwide, from tree squirrels and flying squirrels to chipmunks and marmots. They're all in the Sciuridae family, which is native to every continent except Australia and Antarctica. 2. Squirrels range in size from the five-inch African pygmy squirrel to the three-foot Indian giant squirrel. 3. Squirrels have four front teeth that grow continuously, at a rate of about six inches per year. This helps their incisors endure the constant gnawing. 4. The NASDAQ stock market was briefly shut down in 1987 and 1994 due to squirrels chewing through power lines. 5. In 2005, a pack of squirrels in Russia reportedly killed a stray dog that was barking at them. They may have been starving due to a pine cone shortage. 6. Adult squirrels normally live alone, but they sometimes nest in groups during severe cold spells. A group of squirrels is called a "scurry" or "dray." 7. When squirrels hide food for winter, they often dig fake holes to fool would-be thieves. To make sure they don't fool themselves, they lick their food before burying it, leaving a scent they can later detect even under snow. 8. All tree squirrels belong to the genus Sciurus, which comes from the Greek words "skia" (shadow) and "oura" (tail). The name reportedly reflects tree squirrels' habit of hiding in the shadow of their long, bushy tails. 9. The eastern gray squirrel is the most common tree squirrel species in the U.S., and humans have helped introduce it not only to western North America, but also to Europe and South Africa. 10. The eastern gray has become a pest in the U.K., where it threatens the survival of smaller, native red squirrels. This has made it popular for Britons to eat gray squirrels, part of a global trend toward eating invasive species. 11. There's also a rich history of eating native squirrels in the U.S., where they've long been used in dishes like Kentucky burgoo and Brunswick stew. Squirrel meat has fallen out of favor lately — especially that of flying squirrels, which are relatively rare — but many Americans still hunt and eat eastern grays. 12. Tree squirrels mostly eat nuts, seeds and fruit, but they are omnivores. Gray squirrels, for example, have been known to eat insects, snails, bird eggs and animal carcasses when other food is scarce. 13. Better hope those carcasses aren't too rancid, though — squirrels, like many rodents, can't vomit. (They also can't burp or experience heartburn.) 14. The average adult squirrel needs about a pound of food per week. 15. A 2010 study found that some squirrels collect old rattlesnake skin, chew it up and then lick their fur, creating a kind of "rattlesnake perfume" that helps them hide from the smell-dependent predators. 16. All-black or white tree squirrels may look like distinct species, but in most cases they're actually just color variations of gray squirrels. 17. An eastern gray "rally squirrel" became an impromptu mascot for Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals when it ran onto the field during the 2011 playoffs. The Cardinals went on to win the World Series. 18. Flying squirrels can't really fly — they just use flaps of skin between their limbs to glide through the air — but it often seems like they can. Their acrobatic leaps between trees often span up to 150 feet. 19. Red squirrels are solitary and highly territorial, but in some rare cases they've been known to adopt orphaned pups of their relatives. 20. Marmots are celebrated as weather forecasters in the U.S. and Canada, but their skills are a bit overhyped. Punxsutawney Phil's predictions were mostly wrong between 1988 and 2010, for example, while a study of Canadian groundhogs found their success rate was only 37 percent over 30 to 40 years. 21. Squirrels communicate using complex systems of high-frequency chirps and tail movements. Studies have also found they're capable of watching and learning from each other — especially if it relates to stealing food. For more info (and to see where these facts came from), visit:

Rollin’ on the River (well, lagoon anyway)!

It's a bright beautiful day to be in City Park - we hope you'll visit soon!

Visit the forest in the heart of New Orleans!

Test piles were installed last week in Couturie Forest for a new pedestrian foot bridge. The bridge will be installed later this year. GOOD Magazine has named New Orleans one of its Top 20 Cities of Possibility. Atlanta was the only other city from the states to make the top 20. When citing the numerous reasons for the selection of New Orleans the judges specifically listed “Couturie Forest in City Park.” You can learn more about the forest at:

Brown Pelicans LOVE City Park!

Want to see Brown Pelicans? Come to City Park and there's a good chance you'll see one, or two, or more! Where have you seen birds living in City Park?

City Park’s the treasure at the end of the rainbow

Big Lake 1/9/14

It’s a great day to relax at City Park!

Where's your favorite spot in the Park to relax and breath in some fresh air?

It’s cold but beautiful in City Park!

If our stately architecture and old trees could talk they may be the only ones who could remember the weather ever being this cold in the Park! Currently, t's 26 degrees and sunny. And beautiful, of course. We hope you'll don your mittens and join us for some cool fresh air in the Park.

City Park’s Carousel is spectacular!

Facts about the Carousel in New Orleans City Park:

The Carousel ride is often called the ‘Flying Horses’ by New Orleans locals. The Carousel is the oldest ride in the William B. Hines Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. It dates back to 1906 but some of the animal figures date back to 1885. The Carousel was originally located on a track of land along City Park Avenue. The Carousel was moved to its current location in 1928, creating what would eventually be City Park’s Amusement Park.