Site B: The Pond

This pond is home to a host of organisms. Originally created as a holding pond for TWU run-off, it has become a very valuable habitat. Fish such as carp and catfish, amphibians, aquatic insects, and aquatic plants provide food for many types of birds. Steelhead salmon fry inhabit the pond in large numbers at certain times of the year as well. Belted kingfishers, Barn swallows, Violet-green swallows, Song sparrows, Red-winged blackbirds,Black-capped chickadees, and other types of songbirds are often seen in the air or bushes. Bald eagles, and even the occasional Osprey may be seen as well. Pied-billed grebes, Canada geese, and the threatened Great blue and Green herons are a common sight in or near the waters. Some common ducks include Mallards, Common mergansers, Buffleheads, Lesser scaups, and Ring-necked ducks. The bird boxes on the far shore provide nesting sites for Wood ducks and Hooded mergansers. As well, beavers, muskrats, and river otters are often seen in the waters, especially early in the morning. See if you can find some evidence of the beavers, like chewed-down trees or branches/trees that have the bark stripped off of them. Also watch the branches sticking out of the water for the endangered painted turtle, which often basks in the sun here.