Year of the Pond

a beaver pond diary

What lives there?

Many interesting plants and animals are visible from Fort Frederick State Park’s walking trails, especially in the area of the park’s beaver pond. By damming a small stream that empties into the Potomac River, beavers created more abundant supply of water that attracts a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. The moist soils surrounding the pond support a rich growth of wildflowers, shrubs and trees.  The Beaver Pond Trail offers easy access to spring wildflowers including beautiful Virginia Bluebells.

Some of the plants and  animals found at the park are listed below. Visit the blog to learn how life around the pond changes throughout the year.