April 12, 2022

Featured photo of Nature Preserve Pond

Nature Preserve Pond

Binghamton University
161
115
Active since 2022
New York, US
BUC104

Log Description

Welcome to the Nature Preserve Pond!

Join us in observing the seasonal impacts on plants, salinity, and hydrology at this site! 

Due to the colder winters in the Northeast, factors like road salts have played a major role in increasing salinity levels in freshwater over time, and may be affecting our very own constructed wetlands on campus. This can be harmful to plants and wildlife that aren’t adapted to high salinity environments.  

We hope that, with your help, we will be able to improve our understanding of the relationship between seasonal changes and plant growth, and contribute to future research about the impacts of freshwater salinization!

Why should we care?

1). Wetland habitats are essential for a diverse array of plant and animal species, including endangered animals such as the tiger salamander, wood frog, and spadefoot toad. 

2). Wetlands prevent sediments from erosion and harmful chemicals from runoff from reaching the Susquehanna river and Chesapeake Bay watershed.

3). We should preserve these areas for their natural beauty and recreational value. 

Site Description
This bridge crosses the Binghamton University Nature Preserve pond. This land was originally meant to be converted into sports fields in 1969, but after many protests by Binghamton students and faculty, it was made into the Nature Preserve. The pond is relatively new, as it formed in the 1980s as a result of beaver dams. Unfortunately, due to bulldozing at the start of the project, a marsh has been created with two invasive species: common reed and purple loosestrife, which we will consider when monitoring plant growth at the site. We will also be observing beaver activity, plant growth, and freezing patterns.

If you have any questions, send us an email at bgccw4@gmail.com !  

Location

Coordinates: 42.080742, -75.9667817