Awareness, Preservation and Restoration of our Ponds
Ponds are an essential part of the earth’s ecosystem. However, their importance can easily be overlooked, thus resulting to lost benefits as well as damage that, with simple care, could have readily been avoided.
This website seeks to address this concern by supporting the dissemination of vital information about ponds and discussing any current issues surrounding these small yet indispensable bodies of fresh water.
What may seem as a small, simple pond can actually be the home of a staggering diversity of plant and animal life forms. Aside from fish, insects, microorganisms, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds thrive and participate in a pond’s ecosystem.
Pond Network believes that further research activities directed towards the study of natural pond systems may likely reveal yet undiscovered benefits that can be harnessed by human communities.
Unlike other larger bodies of water, ponds can be more readily man-made. Thus, it becomes more feasible for the naturally occurring benefits from natural ponds to be recreated in geographic locations that would stand to benefit in terms of agriculture, wildlife, recreation and other areas of community life.
Pond Network advocates the preservation of existing ponds that serve as precious sources of rich biodiversity. Conservation efforts actually begin by promoting community awareness and an appreciation of the life that spawns and thrives in a pond system. That understanding should then be expanded to include the effects of the pond not only on the surrounding community but on the planet as a whole. Thereafter, awareness and appreciation, combined with initiative and dedication can make a big difference towards the preservation of ponds.
Pond Network similarly advocates the restoration of ponds that have been neglected and left uncared for. These ponds have thus through time yielded to deterioration arising from land reclamation and foliage or tree outgrowth. Even more alarming, humans have at times introduced foreign species of fish or other animal life that have destroyed the natural balance in a pond’s ecosystem. Again, Pond Network believes that it can do its part in addressing these problems by raising awareness and appreciation of the pond ecosystem.
Preservation of the Pond Ecosystem Begins with Awareness and Appreciation
It is typical to assume that ponds, as bodies of water, serve as merely the habitat of fish. In reality, ponds are host to an amazing biodiversity of both plant and animal wildlife.
Ponds are frequented by many types of living creatures. Some like to stay near the pond`s edge while some love to be in the water. A pond`s top predators are birds such as the heron and stork which hunt down fish and frogs. Meanwhile, plankton that make their own food from sunlight, take their place at the bottom of the pond food chain.
The pond invites a few mammals, such as raccoons which are there to eat the fish and even turtle hatchlings. The pond is also home to moles who live in the wet dirt right around the pond`s edge. Moles cannot see and instead use their noses to pick up scents and find food, sometimes in the form of a juicy earthworm.
An amazing array of frogs, newts, toads, and salamanders also live in ponds. Frogs are food to largemouth bass. They are also food to other frogs. Bullfrogs would also sometimes eat newts whole. But since the newt is poisonous, the frog dies and the newt safely crawls out of its predator`s belly.
Large birds such as storks and herons also frequent ponds. Storks make huge nests that can be up to ten feet deep and six feet in diameter deep just to hold their young. These nests would be used by the stork for many years after being made.
Reptiles similarly dwell in the pond ecosystem. These include snakes, turtles, and lizards. Snakes hunt for frogs, mice, and small birds, turtles eat fish and pond plants, while lizards snack on flies. The snapping turtle uses its tongue, which looks like a worm, as bait for small fish.
Numerous microorganisms such as algae and protozoans also reside in ponds, with some species possibly yet undiscovered.
Pond Network believes that preserving our ponds means providing a natural home for all these animals.
By promoting an awareness and appreciation of how ponds are teeming with life and diversity, we can encourage communities to act towards conservation and restoration.
Universities, schools, social groups and community leaders can contribute a great deal in supporting this cause. Funding is also necessary and must be allocated to support such initiatives. Currently, the amount of investments made towards pond research, education and conservation still has room for growth. In addition, the proper management of earmarked funds is also another important factor that must be ensured.