Let me explain.
For several years, I have had "water gardens" (a small plastic dish and a plastic wine barrel liner, with no barrel both encircled with chicken wire to keep the raccoons/cats out sitting in a flower bed). I have wanted to upgrade to larger tubs or a pond this year.
Living close to the Beggars-Tick Wildlife Refuge, my garden has attracted the attention of some small (yet really loud) frogs. They have been visiting for several years now and their babies have always done a good job eating up the algae from the ponds in Spring before the water lilies get going.
The area where I really want to have a real pond has the gas line and the water line for the house running through it, so I cannot dig a pond there. My solution was to buy two 100 gallon horse troughs at the farm store. They are a bit on the ugly side, but I see their utility, more so than the ugly. I can tart them up a bit with a few well placed pots of flowers.
So getting back to the mass death part...
I was so eager to remove the old lily ponds, and get them into their new deeper homes that I did not consider the effects of water temperature and/or chlorine.
I spent several hours netting out tadpoles with my kitchen spider (you know that wire thingy the Chinese use to deep fat fry), so that I could save each individual tadpole and place it protectively in their new homes.
Later on, I noticed they were floating at the top of the water and I thought something was really wrong...
A little poking here and there and I discovered that the move must have been too much for them :(
|The site of the 2012 Massacre|
|A loud parent.|