There are over 50 acres of wetlands at MNP! Staff throw mesh traps into the ponds for a few weeks during the summer. The main focus is to determine the absence or presence of salamander larvae and other organisms in each of the ponds. Staff will also determine the health of the pond by the other organisms that they find as well as use a water sonde. Knowing the health of the pond will determine how our restoration efforts are affecting the land!
Since 2001, over 200 bird species have been spotted on property. Many of these birds are seasonal or year-round residents while some are migratory. Staff monitor bird species in many different ways. These include bird banding, monitoring birdhouses, and relying on uploads to eBird from birders hiking the trails.
MNP staff use a Hydrolab HL7 water testing sonde to test the waters on property. This testing device can measure seven parameters of water quality: dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, turbidity, conductivity, nitrate, and ammonium. These measures can be used to determine the health of the restored wetlands and streams at MNP. Staff and interns measured water quality at 25 sites across the preserve throughout the growing season.