Beaver Ponds
SPECIES LISTED PREFERRED SEASONS COMMENTS

American Bittern

E

 

Sp,Su

Found in tall emergent vegetation along shore.

American Coot

   

Sp,Su

Water 1-4' deep with emergent vegetation.

Beaver

 

Yes

   

Big Brown Bat

 

Yes

Sp,Su,F

Forages over wetlands for insects.

Black Duck

   

ALL

 

Bullfrog

 

Yes

 

Breeds, defends territory, and overwinters in this habitat.

Canada Goose

   

ALL

Uses ponds for nesting and feeding; ice-free ponds for wintering.

Common Merganser

   

W

 

Common Moorhen

SC

 

Sp,Su

Requires emergent vegetation.

Eastern American Toad

 

Yes

Sp

Lays eggs in vegetation near shore.

Eastern Bluebird

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Dead standing trees.

Eastern Kingbird

   

Sp,Su

Dead trees for nesting and perching.

Eastern Pipistrelle

 

Yes

Sp,Su,F

Forages over wetlands for insects.

Eastern Ribbon Snake

     

Prefers brushy vegetation along shore.

Fowler's Toad

 

Yes

Sp

Lays eggs in vegetation near shore.

Gray Treefrog

   

Sp

Eggs attached to vegetation near water's surface.

Great Blue Heron

   

Sp,Su

Nesting colonies in tall dead trees water.

Green Frog

     

Occupies shores; overwinters underwater.

Green-backed Heron

   

Sp,Su

 

Hoary Bat

   

Sp,Su,F

Forages over wetlands for insects.

Hooded Merganser

   

Sp,Su

Flooded areas with dead trees

Indiana Myotis

E,FE

 

Sp,Su,F

Forages over wetlands for insects.

Keen's Myotis

 

Yes

Sp,Su,F

Forages over wetlands for insects.

Little Brown Myotis

 

Yes

Sp,Su,F

Forages over wetlands for insects.

Mallard

   

ALL

Water less than 16" deep.

Mink

     

May den in pond banks.

Moose

     

Needs adequate cover and aquatic plants for food.

Muskrat

     

In shallow areas with dense emergent vegetation.

Northern Leopard Frog

     

Likes weedy edges; may hibernate underwater.

Northern Shoveler

   

Sp,Su

Large, shallow ponds, with aquatic vegetation.

Northern Water Snake

 

Yes

 

Basks along sunny shores; hunts in water.

Painted Turtle

 

Yes

 

Prefers quiet water:; hibernates in mud underwater.

Pickerel Frog

 

Yes

 

Prefers thick vegetation along shore; hibernates in mud underwater.

Red Bat

   

Sp,Su,F

Forages over wetlands for insects.

Red-headed Woodpecker

   

Sp,Su

May nest in flooded areas with dead trees.

Red-shouldered Hawk

   

Sp,Su

May feed on amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans near pond edges.

Red-spotted Newt

 

Yes

 

Breeds and overwinters in permanent water with submerged vegetation.

River Otter

 

Yes

   

Silver-haired Bat

 

Yes

Sp,Su,F

Forages over wetlands for insects.

Small-footed Myotis

SC

 

Sp,Su,F

Forages over wetlands for insects.

Snapping Turtle

 

Yes

 

Spends most time in ponds; hibernates in mud underwater.

Sora

   

Sp,Su

Pond edges with dense vegetation.

Spotted Sandpiper

   

Sp,Su

May nest along pond edge under shrubs or tall grass.

Spotted Turtle

SC

 

Sp,Su,F

May use small ponds with aquatic vegetation.

Spring Peeper

   

Sp

Eggs laid on aquatic vegetation.

Stinkpot

 

Yes

 

Likes permanent, still, clear water; prefers muddy bottoms.

Tree Swallow

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Nest trees over 12" DBH.

Water Shrew

SC

Yes

 

Shrub zones along pond's edge.

Wood Duck

   

Sp,Su