To the average eye, it looks like nothing more than a mosquito factory. Slimy, green, shallow, and sometimes accompanied by the scent of mud, these springtime places are sadly misunderstood.
Where low-lying stream borders have been left in their natural state (tree covered, ungroomed, uneven, and wild) water from the spring thaw and heavy rains collects in large puddles. These are called vernal pools.
Suburbanites tend to despise such areas, and in their defense, to the untrained eye, standing near one makes you jump to the conclusion that nothing good could come from it. Trees look as if they’re drowning. Rotting leaves resemble disease. And we’ve all been warned about the mosquito-breeding-ground that is stagnant, standing water.
Meanwhile, this is one case where perceptions are very far from the truth. For one, a mosquito with eggs in here is akin to the rabbit who lays her bunnies in a lion’s den. Moreover, if you’re like a wood frog (the barking I heard yesterday) you rely on these puddles for the survival of your entire family line.
Whether they look pretty to you or not, these places are supposed to be here.
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