The perimeter of the entire Wetlands was mapped on 3-27-2001. Azimuth readings from the compasses were recorded and used to computer generate a complete New Wetlands Map (Carter).
A faunistic survey (Carter) was performed around the ponds of the New Wetlands on 4-10-2001. A total of 184 organisms in 14 different species were seen. The fauna consisted primarily of three categories of organisms, including beetles (30.98%), ants (27.72%), and salamanders, toads, and frogs (16.31%). For complete data- see Fauna Charts.
Flora surveys (Carter) were performed on 4-24-2001 resulted in the observations of 95 shrub plants in 22 different species in a 16m2 plot, and 370 herbaceous plants in 27 different species in a 1m2 plot. For complete data- Herb Chart and Shrub Chart.
Environmental factors (Carter) of the New Wetlands were studied on 5-1-2001 under sunny, partly sunny, and cloudy sky conditions. The sky was mostly sunny but some measurements of conditions were performed while the sun was behind cloud cover. Data was recorded as listed:
Ponds- bare soil Ponds- grassy area
Sky Condition: sunny Sky Condition: partly cloudy
High: 8820 milliphot High: 2797.60 milliphot
Medium: 7203 milliphot Medium: 591.8 milliphot
Low: 699.4 milliphot Low: 430.4 milliphot
Dry Bulb: 28ºC Dry Bulb: 25ºC
Wet Bulb: 21ºC Wet Bulb: 19ºC
Soil Temperature: 24ºC Soil Temperature: 23ºC
Relative Humidity: 53.48% Relative Humidity: 56.8%
Head Height: 6 mph Head Height: 5.5 mph
Ground Height: 3 mph Ground Height: 3.5 mph
For complete data, including areas of comparison- Environmental Factors.
Aquatic Habitat (Carter) observations of the ponds were performed on 5-7-2001. A macroscopic survey (Carter) was first performed to observe organisms seen in the waster and along the banks. The results consisted mainly of 5000 Amphibia (Tadpoles, Frogs), 1000 Typhaceae (Cattails), 300 Junaceaea (Rush), 200 Lemnaceae (Duckweed), and 150 Salicaceae (Black Willow). For complete data- Macroscopic Data.
A microscopic survey (Carter) was performed on 50mL water samples of the north pond, which was obtained with a plankton net. 1ml of each sample was observed under microscope using a Sedgewick-Rafter counter. The results were 50 mites, 1 Damselfly larvae, 1 Dragonfly, 2 Daphnia, and 50 Cyclops.
A microscope survey (Carter) was also performed on a water sample from Maple Creek for comparison. A 50mL sample was obtained with a plankton net and 1ml of it observed under microscope using a Sedgewick-Rafter counter. The results were 60 diatoms, 310 other algae, and 1 Cyclops. In the 50mL sample, 20 pillbugs and 1 planarian were also found.
Water Analysis (Carter) of the north and south ponds were performed on 5-15-2001. The results were as follows:
North Pond South Pond
pH: 7.5 pH: 7.2
Hardness: 118.75 ppm Hardness: 199.25 ppm
avg: = .048 gm Cl/L H2O avg: = .073 gm Cl/L H2O
5.32 mg O2/L H2O 7.32 mg O2/L H2O