) are a foundational tree genus and the official tree of the United States. Found throughout North America--in almost every habitat--their lives are intertwined with those of innumerable other organisms that feed on and interact with these ecologically-remarkable trees.
Installing habitat features can be fun. Each addition to your yard or community is an open invitation to wildlife to use the space as a sanctuary.
Without fish as predators, vernal pools provide essential reproductive habitat for many reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
Turtles travel miles from one wet area to another for resources, mating, and reproduction. Providing high-quality habitat around ponds and other wet areas can minimize the risks faced by theses well-loved pond inhabitants.
of Vernal Pools across the landscape is ideal as a set of small wetlands can host more species than a single large wetland.
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This article explains the "wildlife habitat" category found in a group's data visualization
Many amphibians, like salamanders, are excellent eco-indicators–their presence or absence can reveal the environmental health of an area. You can create a space to support amphibians with actions like installing a cover board, to encouraging reproduction through the creation and protection of wet areas.
For some species, known collectively as obligate
species, Vernal Pools are the only
habitat where reproduction occurs.