GENERAL PARK TRIVIA:
1. Roughly how big is Northampton Park?
2. Northampton Park is one of the 10 largest in Monroe County; of the 21 parks in the County, which position does it hold?
3. Of the 21 parks in Monroe County’s portfolio, 13 have lodges available for rent, with exact number being park dependent. The question is, how many lodges does Northampton have?
4. While most parks offer standard activities (picnicking, hiking, etc.), Northampton offers two very unique ones not found in any other Monroe County Park. What are they?
5. One of Northampton’s popular features are its hiking and horse trails. How many are there?
6. What two bodies of water flow through Northampton Park?
7. The sprawling acres of Northampton Park are composed of 19 primary categories of soil type (which can be broken down into 31 subcategories). What are the top 5 most prevalent kinds that comprise Northampton?
8. One of the 5 most prevalent types of soil in Northampton Park is Ovid/Appleton (~5%) silt loam. What are its general properties and where in Northampton is it found?
9. Northampton is the only park in Monroe County that has a museum. What is it and when did become part of the Park?
10. Besides the Museum, there’s one other facility that exists in the Park. What is it?
11. From dairy farm in the mid-1900s to demo farm today, Springdale has shown itself to be a bit of a chameleon. Even earlier, though, the farm was part of a chilling process. What was it?
12. In 1970, a group of Camp Fire Girls and their fathers partnered with the County to make improvements to Northampton Park. What did they do?
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13. Northampton Park was established in 1965 on land purchased by Monroe County. From where did the money to buy the land originate?
14. How many parcels of land were obtained to establish Northampton Park?
15. What was the total cost to obtain the parcels of land for establishment of Northampton?
16. Northampton Park was dedicated in 1965, but it wasn’t called “Northampton”. What was the original name given to the Park?
17. The name of the Park was changed after establishment to “Northampton” to reflect the “history” of the region. The question is, what was the history?
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18. It’s a little known fact that a ‘castle’ once stood on the grounds of Northampton Park. The question is; what was its name and where was it located?
19. Who was dubbed “Calico Jack” and why?
20. Besides the castle, a number of residences existed in what would later become Northampton Park eighty years later. Roughly how many homes were there?
21. In 1872 there were multiple residences located in what would later become Northampton Park. Within the same historic maps, there was also a single non-residence noted. What was it?
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22. There are many species of animals that call Northampton Park home. Roughly how many different types of birds can be found there?
23. The NYS DEC defines ”Threatened” species as being “any native species likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future.” Of the many species of birds found in Northampton, how many are on the DECs “Threatened Species” list?
24. The NYS DEC denotes animals as being “Special Concern” when “a welfare concern or risk of endangerment has been documented in New York State”. The question is, of the many species of birds found in Northampton how many are designated as “Special Concern”?
25. One of the most widely distributed carnivores calls Northampton Park home. What is it?
26. Considered social animals, the species identified in question #25 displays a rare trait only shared by a handful of other mammals. What is it?
27. Invisible to the unaware, a highly complex network of interconnected relationships exists all around us. What is it?
28. An integral and critical network that all living things depend on was identified in question #27. What are the consequences when it’s disrupted?
29. What is bioaccumulation/biomagnification, and why is it important?
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30. Trees are integral to our well being; in fact we literally couldn’t live without them. The question is, why are they so important?
31. Which produces more net oxygen; an acre of trees/shrubs or an acre of grass?
32. How much carbon dioxide can woody shrubs/trees remove?
33. Trees/woody shrubs are important because they do double duty by both locking up one of the most prolific greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide) AND releasing oxygen we need to survive. The question is, how much oxygen do they actually produce?
34. Besides permanent removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and production of oxygen, what other benefits do healthy trees/shrubs provide?
35. What’s the average lifespan of a tree located in an urban area verses its rural counterpart?
36. How many trees need to be planted to offset the detrimental effects of removing just one mature tree?
37. Wetlands are part of the foundation of our nation’s water resources and are vital to the health of waterways and communities. They function to feed downstream waters, trap floodwaters, recharge groundwater supplies, remove pollution, and provide fish and wildlife habitat. How many Federally designated wetlands are there in Northampton Park?
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