Ephemeral Pond Monitoring
The purpose of this volunteer based project is to train citizens to identify, describe and monitor the ecology of ephemeral ponds. The information that’s gathered is then shared with the Wisconsin Ephemeral Ponds Project (WEEP). The objective is to collect ephemeral wetland site data that will lead to a better understanding of the geography and ecology of Wisconsin’s ephemeral pond habitats. The goal is to provide mapping tools and science-based knowledge on isolated wetlands that will facilitate the development of multiple land-use conservation strategies.
Who--- Interested citizen volunteers (adults & teens with a parent) go through a two-day training at Riveredge during which they learn water quality sampling techniques, hydrologic monitoring, amphibian & aquatic invertebrate sampling and identification, and site location and delineation using handheld GPS receivers.
Where --- The Riveredge Ephemeral Pond Monitoring Program is being conducted within the Milwaukee River Drainage Basin (mainly Washington & Ozaukee Counties). For more information contact--- Mary Holleback or call us at 1-800-287-8098.
When--- Ephemeral pond monitoring is done monthly beginning in March for four months (or until the ponds dry up). Contact Mary Holleback for a one on one training date that will be set up at your convenience.
Volunteer Monitor Responsibilities:
• Attend training sessions to become familiar with the equipment and monitoring forms and procedures
• Collect data prescribed on data form on a monthly basis during spring & summer until the ephemeral pond dries up (equipment will be provided)
• Adhere to the monitoring schedule
• Report results to Riveredge
• Attend debriefing meeting at the end of the year
• Complete an evaluation at the end of the season
• Take care of the equipment & return it in good condition
• No science background is needed (although it’s helpful)
• Ability to walk on uneven ground & enter water to access a monitoring site
• Enjoyment of the outdoors