NEW VIDEO ON CREATING FROG PONDS
Carol Heiser, habitat education coordinator at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, recently sent me an email about a new short video produced by the department, “How To Add a Frog Pond to Your Landscape.”
In watching the video, I was surprised and really happy to see Lou Verner, a retired “watchable wildlife” biologist at VDGIF, featured along with Carol. Lou was also a member of the Master Naturalist Statewide Steering Committee for the Virginia Master Naturalist Program. I met him when I was doing a lot of conservation work, including helping to form our local VMN chapter, Old Rag Master Naturalists.
Lou has always been a great guy to talk with about pretty much anything having to do with biology and ecology, and I still contact him when I have a thorny question about either. What I didn’t know is that he has made great frog ponds down at his place in King & Queen County. In about six and a half minutes, he and Carol cover the basics of making one of these, whether starting with a small, molded plastic liner or using flexible liners to create your own design. They also go over what to plant to keep the pond healthy and attract the insects frogs prey on. As noted in the video, you don’t need to add frogs — if you build it, they will come.
Carol suggests accessing the video from the department’s Facebook page (facebook.com/VDGIF), where viewers can post comments. The video is also available from the department’s “Virginia is for Frogs” web page (tinyurl.com/wi-vafrogs), which has a lot of other great info about our local anurans as well.