Rappahannock News - - NATURE -

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 (face­, where view­ers can post com­ments. The video is also avail­able from the depart­ment’s “Vir­ginia is for Frogs” web page (, which has a lot of other great info about our lo­cal anu­rans as well.

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