Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Pond in Summer
Brookside Nature Center
Summer Wildlife--In the summer, animals that were born in spring have left their dens and nests and begin to make their own way in the world.
In the Pond--The pond provides habitat for painted, red-bellied and snapping turtles. They bask in the sun on logs and rocks, or swim with just their heads above water. Sunfish lay eggs in hollows scooped in the muddy shallows. Frog and toad eggs have hatched and tadpoles metamorphose into adults. Listen for the banjo-like croak of the green frog and the low rumble of the bullfrog.
On and Around the Pond--In early summer, watch for mallard ducks and Canada geese, followed by their ducklings and goslings. They paddle across the pond, plucking plants from below the surface. Deer and fox come to drink at the water's edge. Baltimore orioles nest high in the trees around the pond, and wood thrushes in the nearby forest. They sing elaborate, flutelike songs. Ruby-throated hummingbirds drink nectar from cardinal flowers and trumpet vines at the edge of the pond.
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 3.576′ 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 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 Spring (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 65 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.