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Urban Water-Quality Management: Wildlife in the Home Pond Garden


426-045 (HORT-126P)

Authors as Published

Lynnette Swanson, Extension Agent, City of Norfolk 
Mike Andruczyk, Extension Agent, City of Chesapeake 
Laurie Fox, Horticulture Associate, Hampton Roads AREC 
Susan French, Extension Agent, Virginia Beach 
Reviewed by David Close, Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia Tech
    cover: Wildlife in the Home Pond Garden

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Small home pond gardens support aquatic plants and also attract a variety of wildlife. Turtles, frogs, birds, snakes, lizards, and raccoons as well as many other animals may use these ponds. Most wildlife needs water to survive and will seek out ponds for drinking, bathing, habitat, and in some cases, reproduction. 


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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.


March 19, 2015