Last year, I focused much of my observation time upon birds visiting Elderberry bushes in the river bottom.
For this year, I decided to focus upon the environment of the spring pond. The spring pond is surrounded by
herbacious plants. Cattails grow along the edges of this small pond. The water in this pond stays cool.
I created a shallow pool adjacent to the spring pond and diverted the outflow through this new pool. This
new pond should be slightly warmer. Without any fish, I expect the frogs and toads to be attracted. (see below, left)
One week when I was feeling inspired, I constructed an observation platform (see below, right) adjacent to the two ponds. I am
intending to observe the development of the new pond as wildlife inhabits it. Besides having a great view of
the two ponds, I can also see a small, tree-lined stream, some bottomland pasture, and bordering wooded slopes.