Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Pond in Winter
Brookside Nature Center
Winter Wildlife--Some animals that live around the pond remain active, foraging for food to sustain them in the winter. A thick layer of fat keeps them warm, and provides energy reserves when food is hard to find. Most animals within the pond become inactive.
In the Pond--Frogs and turtles burrow into the mud beneath and around the pond until March or April, occasionally becoming active on warmer days. Sunfish, catfish and largemouth bass cluster at the bond bottom, slowing their metabolism.
On and Around the Pond--Watch for Canada geese and mallards swimming in open water between patches of ice, or walking on the ice or adjacent shore. Thick layers of fat and extra feathers keep them warm. Look for tracks of birds, red fox and deer on snow covered ice, or in the snow along the pond edge and nearby stream. Cardinals, blue jays and small birds like sparrows, titmice and finches take shelter in evergreen trees around the pond edge.
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 3.575′ 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 Center. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pond in Summer (here, next to this marker); The Pond in Autumn (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 700 feet away); Formal Gardens (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.