Study and Conservation of Ponds

A pond is a small, shallow body of water surrounded by land. They are homes to many kinds of plants and animals. There are many reasons our ponds and the wildlife that live there are in danger.

Pollution is a major cause for concern. Fertilizers and pesticides are washed through the soil and into the ponds killing the plants and animals that live there.

Many ponds and wetlands are being filled and used for building lots as the need for housing increases.

As more and more people use the water for recreation, we are seeing a decrease in the number of plants and animals that can survive the changes in their habitats.

Preserving natural freshwater habitats is important to our wildlife. You can help by volunteering to clean out a weed choked pond. You can also help by following these rules when you take a field trip to the pond.

  1. Observe nature without interfering with it.
  2. If you take samples to study, collect them carefully and replace any you don't need.
  3. Be careful not to leave anything behind that doesn't belong in the habitat.
  4. Obey wildlife laws.

You will need to take these things along with you on your field trip.

  • Notepad and pencil
  • Glass jars with lids (carry small animals in)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Plastic bags (keeps the plants from drying out)
  • Bucket with string (for water samples)
  • Mesh net