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Bench Z at Kuse Nature Preserve

In 1992, when a new garage-museum was built, fill dirt was needed to close ditches and provide a firm base for building. The soil was obtained from a half-acre spot which had for many years been a hayfield. Here a "lake" was dug to a depth of almost eight feet with a sixteen-foot depression in the center. In 1993, it was stocked with fathead minnows and bluegills and an aerator was installed. The aerator did not survive ice and snow. Now the pond has provided a home for frogs and many aquatic insects and attracts shore birds and waterfowl. Wildflowers were planted along the bank.

Observe the changes among the kinds of plants and animals attracted to the water through the seasons.

Use the links on the grid below to help you observe.

Location Information

Plants

Animals

Pond

Wild Iris

Birds of Many Kinds

Pussywillows

Aquatic Insects

White Birch Trees

Frogs and Toads

Painted Turtles

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Dr. Hildegard Kuse and Dr. Loretta Kuse