Our trip to

Wildlife Prairie Park Pond

 

 

 On our visit to a pond in Wildlife Prairie Park, we learned about how ponds change over time with the influence of factors such as beavers building dams and erosion from farm fields carrying in soil.

 The naturalists at Wildlife Prairie Park help the Canada geese by providing a protected nesting site. The female lays 5 or 6 creamy white eggs. The male protects the nest and helps rear the young.

 

 

 Amphibians, such as this spring peeper, are an index species. Their presence indicates a healthy pond environment. Though the peeper is tiny, its noisy song can be heard for half a mile.

 One group of our students used testing kits to find out about the water chemistry. Like our local lake, Wildlife Prairie Park's pond pH was very alkaline.

 

 

 The shallow depth of a pond supports rooted
green plants all the way across, unlike a lake, which only grows rooted plants near the shore. Other water plants, like mosses and
the water hyacinth, are free-floating.

 A red-eared slider is a turtle who likes slow-moving rivers and ponds with muddy bottoms. It is easily recognized by the red or yellow stripe behind each eye. Its nickname, "slider," comes from its habit of sliding into the water at the first sign of danger.

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