Nature Walk: Meltwater Ponds
In ponds with thick layers of ice the first major spring thaw makes few changes unless melt-water floats the ice sheet. Dry prairie potholes, however, become instant open water ponds for migrating waterfowl and spring peepers or chorus frogs. If black willows are on its edge, they may be a favorite hangout for wood ducks.
What creatures have you discovered in your newly formed ponds?
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