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Robyn's Pond Blog for February 2019

Last Updated: 3/3/19

1. We got a couple of inches of snow while I was at work on 2/1/19.

2. I did pond chores on 2/3/19. The weather had gotten much warmer but there was still snow and ice in and around the pond so I ripped the net a bit getting it back far enough to get in the pond. The air temperature was 50 degrees F. The 1800 gallon was at 40 degrees F (after I got the thermometer out of the ice), and the 153 gallon was at 42 degrees F. I squirted off the filter floss. There was a dead 1.5" pickerel frog on the bottom of the pond. I squirted out the bioballs. There was a live pickerel frog in there that I put in the main part of the pond. I topped off the ponds which had lost a lot of water in the extreme cold both to evaporation and animals drinking from them.

3. On 2/10/19, the air temperature was 36 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 39 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 42 degrees F. I did not get in the pond. I collected leaves from the water, put in additives, and added water. A lot of water was lost during the cold week due to evaporation and animals drinking.

4. It was 36 degrees F outside on 2/17/19 for my pond chores. The 1800 and 153 gallon thermometers both read 42 degrees F. I got in the big pond to take out the filter floss and squirt off the filter material. I put in additives and topped off the ponds. I collected some leaves in the water.

5. We got 4" of heavy snow on 2/20/19. It was mostly melted in two days.

6. On 2/24/19, it was 44 degrees F at 1 pm. The 1800 gallon pond was at 46 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 43 degrees F. I cleaned up some leaves and put in additives. I cleaned out the 20 gallon tub pond so it will be ready for wood frog eggs. I haven't seen any wood frogs yet but they should come soon. I did remove a dead ~3" female green frog from the 1800 gallon pond that was laying on the bottom upside down. And, guess what?! I lifted up a rock on the waterfall stream (not sure why), and at least two two-lined salamanders dashed away! I lifted up a few other rocks and saw at least two more! They were so fast, so small, so snake-like! They must be at my pond to breed! This was the highlight of my year!

Continue to the March 2019 pond blog.

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