Others put their plant and bird spotting skills to test.
|Swamp ecologist at work|
By check I mean cross-check to make sure what they are showing matches up with what is actually there in the field.
|Hydrographs need to be field checked|
On this particular trip I was focused on the pond apple.
My hydrograph showed them to be dry, i.e. water levels had dropped about a half foot below the pond apple forest floor. I was happy to visually (and in first hand) confirm that my hydrograph was correct, or mostly correct. One spot showed pond apple to be plentiful in what appeared open water.
I was baffled:
Could the pond apple really be that wet?
|Pond apple took root on tussocks|
where once was just open water
The trick was they had taken root on slightly elevated micro-islands of peat, rock and old tree stump remains called tussocks.
The swamp’s topographic slight of hand almost tripped me up.