Research and monitoring the land has been done since the beginning!

Learn all about the vital research being done at MNP!

Pond Monitoring

There are over 30 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 in each of the ponds. Staff will also determine the health of the pond by the other organisms that they find. Knowing the health of the pond will determine how our restoration efforts are affecting the land! 


Insects play a vital role in the ecosystem. Staff monitoring which butterfly, moth, bee, and odonate species call MNP home. The presence of certain species can also determine if certain species of plants are here. Many insects only prefer to eat and lay their eggs on certain plant species.  


With the help of birders, MNP also carefully monitors all the bird species that have taken residence here. Over the years, more and more bird species have called MNP home. There are now over 200 bird species that have been spotted at MNP!

Students and Monitoring

Students of all ages aide in our monitoring efforts! Field trips, such as our wetland related ones, get students in the research mode. Students are able to get their hands dirty and use nets to find what is living in our ponds. 



Staff use a variety of tools to carry out research efforts. From the pond and butterfly nets, to the water testing probes, to even our furry-friend Tilia, we need all the help we can get! 


Volunteers also play a vital role in carrying out the research efforts! Volunteers can aide in Bluebird monitoring, snake monitoring, flora monitoring, and insect monitoring. Talk to a staff member if you are interested in helping us out!

Monitoring at MNP

Listen to Executive Director Kristin Gies and Ecological Restoration Manager Nick Gall explain how monitoring has been done at MNP over the years and why it is so important!