Water in Winter – Pond Wildlife in the Cold Weather

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Pond Wildlife in the Cold Weather This is a really interesting article about aquatic life in the winter by the Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh. Dragonfly larvae, also known as nymphs, are active in the water now, eating mosquitoes, and getting ready to hatch in the spring! Preview: As the weather starts to cool, we will start to see fewer and fewer insects active at Prairie Ridge.  Because they are endothermic (“cold blooded”), many insects enter a dormant period during … Read More

Rain Gardens at Raleigh City Farm

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This past Saturday, the Dragonfly Pond Works Team had a great time working at Raleigh City Farm. With the help of several volunteers, we worked to establish three rain gardens and a drainage pipe to alleviate some of the flooding in the area. Though it was chilly, we worked hard and were able to get a lot done! In the spring, we will add plants to the area for beautification and treatment purposes. If you haven’t been to Raleigh City … Read More

Littoral Shelf Plantings

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What is a littoral shelf? A littoral shelf is the area between the body of water and the banks surrounding it. When planted, it can create a nice border around the water and add to both the function and beauty of the area.  Benefits: increased water quality increased health of habitat for fish and insects increased beautification of the area decreased algae decreased geese traffic How does it work? The aquatic plants that are installed in a littoral shelf serve as a buffer … Read More

Homeowner’s Tips to Stormwater Management: Pet Waste

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Stormwater Management: Pet Waste Pet waste also contributes to pollutants in stormwater. Bacteria in the waste can be carried in to streams and lakes, which is dangerous to humans and other animals.  Dog waste has nearly twice the amount of bacteria as human waste. In addition, it acts as a fertilizer, which can lead to excessive aquatic plant growth and algae. This leads to an absorption of the oxygen in the water that is necessary for a healthy aquatic system … Read More