Ponds, Streams & Wetlands
Beloved by people of all ages, Sugar Pond is a man-made pond that was created by damming Scheckler's Brook. It is home to American bullfrogs, various turtles, sunnies, invasive koi, many birds, and other creatures. We've even identified a freshwater jellyfish from the Yellow River (in China)! The greens you see growing in the pond are invasive elodea, from Brazil. Never dump your aquarium into a wild pond!
Vernal Pond is home to spring peepers, among other animals. These amphibians spend dry seasons and winter in leaf litter in the surrounding areas, and hop to a vernal pool to spawn. They are tiny, but make an impressive racket. Vernal Pools are a special eco niche: they support all kinds of animals. In previous times, there were likely various species of salamanders using Vernal Pond to spawn. See this short, DEC video about vernal pools and amphibian habitats (5 mins).
This brook begins from underground streams that burble up in the marshy wetland in the southwest corner of Children's Village.
Read more from the Hastings Historical Society. It is the same brook that trickles through the ravine behind the Community Center, and once fed the horse trough at Five Corners.
Three Islands Pond
This area was once quite a bit different than it is now. It is now more of a wetland area and the islands are surrounded by ground instead of water.