Its been dry, so dry that the drainage swale in the North Burial Ground that most years is inhabited by Fowler’s Toad and Gray Tree Frog tadpoles is bone dry. I will produce some video of the dry pond another day. But with my usual work spot dried up, and Teddie the Tadpoles Great Adventure on hiatus until the rains return, I have been focusing more attention on the other pond in the Burial Ground.
I am pondering how to work the drought and the interruption of breeding into the Tadpole adventure, and I am guessing the story line for that adventure will be the resilience of amphibian populations in the face of drought. Almost all amphibian populations can handle one year of interrupted breeding, they have faced this many times in the last 150 million years. The particular pond I work in is isolated habitat, so if the population collapsed there may be no nearby populations to reseed it. I guess I will find out next year if we do not get any rains in the next 2 weeks.
The permanent pond in the Burial Ground actually has much more life and is more interesting than the drainage swale except when the swale is being used by frogs and toads as breeding habitat. On May 17 I found fish, Bullfrogs in two different stages, turtles, and a Great Blue Heron. I suggest you view the video I made from the raw footage of the day in full screen mode. Let me know what you think.