Jon Atwood, PhD
Department of Environmental Studies
A biological inventory of aquatic and semi-aquatic biodiversity was completed at four ponds in Rindge, New Hampshire from April - October 2003. Various live-capture, visual encounter and vocalization survey techniques were used to collect data on fish, amphibians and reptiles. Macroinvertebrates were collected using d-frame nets and identified in the laboratory. Aquatic plants were mapped, and categorized into coverage classes and wetland plant community types. Qualitative observations of waterbirds and aquatic mammals were collected. I identified 150 species of aquatic plants (30), fish (10), amphibians (11), reptiles (6), aquatic macroinvertebrates (52), birds (28) and aquatic mammals (5). A total of 100 aquatic macroinvertebrates taxa were identified including 47 families and 69 genera. Each pond supported plants and animals that were not found among the other ponds suggesting that a landscape approach to conservation is required to maintain high-levels of aquatic biodiversity.