The Vernal Pond Comes to Life
By August of 2013, the vernal pond habitat has flourished and has become very active with providing water, food and shelter for a variety of fauna and flora in its first year of development. Aquatic plants have established their home in this environment such as duck potato and cattail, along with the native plants that were planted in the fall of 2012. Evidence of wildlife has appeared such as raccoons, birds nesting, dragonflies and mud daubers. Wood frogs and salamanders are expected to appear in the next spring. Also, neighborhood youths are coming to the area to explore the new habitat.
The vernal pond pops alive in its first spring of 2013 with flowers blooming, dragonflies and the American Robins coming to make their nest after a long wet winter. For a better view of the dragonfly crossing the pond, click on the picture.
On January 13, 2013, 1.93 inches of rain saturated Bowling Green, KY. That rain is just what we needed to fill the newly constructed vernal pond that was installed August 3, 2012. In the background, you can see the storm water run-off filling the newly constructed drainage channel.
The greatest value the duck potato offers is food and cover for aquatic animal life. The seed and tubers of duck potato are readily consumed by waterfowl, songbirds, wadding birds, muskrats and beaver.