Florida Freshwater Wetlands: Ephemeral Ponds and Amphibians

Florida Freshwater Wetlands:  Ephemeral Ponds and Amphibians
Florida Freshwater Wetlands:  Ephemeral Ponds and Amphibians
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Students will read about ephemeral (temporary) ponds that serve as a fish-free water supply for amphibians to breed in successfully. Without these temporary ponds, many frogs, toads, and salamanders would not survive.

Students are tasked to create a picture of how an ephemeral pond would change the appearance of a picture when it is the rainy season. They must also identify the characteristics that tell them the "dry" picture is actually a wetland.

Lastly, they will research online the various frog calls that can be used to identify frogs that we hear, but can't see. They have to match the phonetic sounds to what they hear. Ten of Florida's 28 frogs and toads are included in this chart.

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1. Frogs and toads use uplands as part of their lifecycle and home range.
2. They provide habitat and homes for amphibians.
3. NO!!! Fish eat the eggs and tadpoles.
4. You can tell this is an ephemeral pond because of the bald cypress trees, matted down vegetation, trees are bordering it in a circle, etc.
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Florida Freshwater Wetlands:  Ephemeral Ponds and Amphibians
Florida Freshwater Wetlands:  Ephemeral Ponds and Amphibians