Years ago we had a natural pond/bog in the field behind our yard. It was a depression about 30 feet lower than our yard that collected water and wildlife aplenty. And trash sadly enough... regardless I loved visiting when I was a kid. Sitting for hours watching the water swirl with life and catching tadpoles, frogs, the rare mudpuppy, and salamanders galore (all of which I faithfully returned). Sadly they filled it up to pack storage units and high density housing on the lot.
Still a bit devastated and forever longing to hear that glorious chorus of Chorus Frogs, I've been plotting a pond of my own for the back yard.
I'm a bit lost on how to pull it off. I want the pond to be the best possible habitat for frogs and other amphibians.
It would also be nice to attract dragonflies, especially as their offspring eat mosquito larva. I'd like to keep the mosquito population down, but I've heard fish and dunks can adversely affect frogs and tadpoles...
I'd also like to keep as native as possible, though the desert-like area wouldnt be conducive to water plant runaways. We live in the eastern half of Oregon that ends up with a climate more like Idaho. Hot summers and zone 5 winters.
Some water movement would be nice as well. A short waterfall/stream movement would be nice, but would adding a pump be bad for the critters? What if the pump was well caged?
Any ideas for plant species, habitat considerations and building tips would be welcome! Also, has anyone built for the frogs before? Any design ideas?