Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Pond in Spring
Brookside Nature Center
Spring Wildlife--In the spring, a flurry of activity takes place in and around the pond. Animals that were inactive during winter become active as the days get longer and warmer. Many begin selecting territories and mates. The pond is full of the sounds of birds, frogs and toads singing.
In the Pond--Frogs burrow out from the mud beneath the pond and toads emerge from winter dens under soil and logs in the nearby forest. They begin singing to attract mates. Look for clusters of jelly-like frog eggs or long strings of toad eggs in the water. Brown bullhead catfish use their tails and fins to sweep shallow nests for their eggs in the pond bottom.
On and Around the Pond--Female snapping turtles leave for the uplands where they dig a next hole in the earth and lay eggs. After covering the nest they return to the pond. Hatchlings must find their own way to the pond. Canada geese and mallard ducks nest at the pond edge or on the small island. Alder bushes grow long, soft catkins consisting of multiple tiny flowers. Look for butterfly and moth caterpillars munching on plant leaves around the pond.
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 3.576′ N, 77° 1.951′ W. Marker Touch for map. On the grounds of Brookside Nature Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 Glenallan Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20902, United States of America.
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 Winter (here, next to this marker); The Pond in Autumn (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.
Categories. • Animals • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. 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.