Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Pond in Autumn
Brookside Nature Center
Autumn Wildlife--Autumn's shorter days bring cooler weather. Leaves begin changing from green to yellow, gold, orange and red. Animals get ready for colder days by building up fat and energy reserves. Some eat leaves, seeds, nuts, and berries, while others eat smaller creatures. Some grow extra fur or feathers, while others become inactive or migrate south. Many stay in the region throughout the winter.
In the Pond--As the days get cooler, turtles and frogs begin to burrow into the muddy banks and bottom of the pond, where they will stay until spring.
On and Around the Pond--Ducks, geese, and other birds forage for food in preparation for cold weather. Many spend the winter here instead of migrating south. Plants begin to die back, but some are still flowering. Look for glowing orange touch me-not flowers, bright yellow goldenrod, and white asters. Green darner dragonflies feed on smaller insects in preparation for migration in late September.
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 3.574′ N, 77° 1.95′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Glenfield Road. Touch for map. On the grounds of Brookside Nature
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pond in Winter (here, next to this marker); The Pond in Summer (here, next to this marker); The Pond in Spring (here, next to this marker); One Tree's Life (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); What Happened Here? (about 500 feet away); The Harper Family Homestead (about 600 feet away); Conservatory (about 600 feet away); Formal Gardens (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Pond in the Four Seasons
Categories. • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Last updated on November 27, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.