The as of yet name retention pond behind Meek Aquatic Center is not stocked with wildlife, or so I am told (I saw a duck there yesterday). As a project I want to pursue stocking the pond with fish.
Buildings and Grounds can help me, as can associates who I know have stocked their artificial pond with fish. (Bass)
This, as Professor K informed me, would be an example of reconciliation ecology, which is inserting wildlife into human dominated areas. Examples of this include birdhouses and bathouses.
Stocking a retention pond with fish is not unheard of. After looking at the feasability of stocking the pond:
Financially I have no clue.
I don’t know what OWU, state/county wildlife management would have to say.
Studies call into question whether the long term survival would be plausible. Runoff (cause the pond’s next to a road) could pollute greatly and kill what would be stocked. Also to be taken into account is salt. Salt from roads and sidewalks could runoff into the pond and harm wildlife.
Let’s try something else. Instead of reconciling by placing wildlife there. I want to reconcile by adding things that would attract wildlife. Specifically I want to attract birds.
The retention pond already attracts ducks and geese, this is partially because they can swim upon it. Smaller birds like to preen and drink water, but the water is too deep for them. The shore isn’t a shore, it’s a steep rough rock incline small birds can’t quite stand on.
Birds I could be attracting include Cardinals, Swamp Sparrows, Red-Winged Blackbirds, and Purple Martins.
After doing some searching I have found ways to make the retention pond more bird friendly:
1. Plants-specifically cattails and anything native to the area. They like it thick and they like it diverse.
2. Anything that attracts prey(insects). Insects can be attracted with less kept areas of plants.