Howard County Conservancy gives my son a big backyard where he can freely explore a creek, run in a field, study wildlife, feed a goat, grow a garden, hold a wiggling tadpole and observe its eyes under a magnifying glass and simply learn to value our beautiful natural world.
Last weekend, our family worked at the Howard County Conservancy. While my husband mowed the grass between the plots in the community garden, my son and I assisted with an Earth Day project. The stone waterfall in the Honors Garden was temporarily turned off because thousands of tadpoles were living in it.
Our assignment, help relocate the tadpoles to a nearby creek in the Conservancy. A patient and knowledgeable Conservancy volunteer guided my son. She helped him gather tadpoles in a net and place them in a container with water. Then he carried the little oval-body-tailed swimmers about a 10 minute walk to the creek. We stepped through mud, rocks and weeds to get to the edge of the creek. My son slowly poured hundreds of tadpoles into the quiet creek.
We watched the tadpoles adjust to their new home. The strong swimmers tried to swim upstream until they found a pocket of still water between some rocks. Others just let the stream carry them to the calm water. We imagined the creek filled with frogs this summer. We will look for them in June. The meandering creek gives them plenty of space to thrive.
The frog population in urban communities is threatened by the commercial use of pesticides to maintain lawns. We want to help frogs and toads thrive. They are good because they eat garden pests and insects that can harm plants and vegetables. How are you helping frogs and toads thrive in your garden?