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Isolated Shallow Marsh This isolated shallow marsh is approximately 1.5 acres (~0.61hectares) and located in a mixed forest of pines, birch, and aspen. It is 55 feet (~16.76 meters) lower than the surrounding terrain. From the outer edge to the center are three distinct zones of vegetation: Canada Bluejoint Grass (Calamagrostis canadensis), Blister Sedge (Carex vesicaria), and Water Parsnip (Sium suave). Shallow water extends from the Water Parsnip zone into the Bladder Sedge zone and supports species of Utricularia and Potamogeton which are aquatic plants. Geotagged,Summer,United States,forests,isolated wetland,landscape,marsh,wetland Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Isolated Shallow Marsh

This isolated shallow marsh is approximately 1.5 acres (~0.61hectares) and located in a mixed forest of pines, birch, and aspen. It is 55 feet (~16.76 meters) lower than the surrounding terrain. From the outer edge to the center are three distinct zones of vegetation: Canada Bluejoint Grass (Calamagrostis canadensis), Blister Sedge (Carex vesicaria), and Water Parsnip (Sium suave). Shallow water extends from the Water Parsnip zone into the Bladder Sedge zone and supports species of Utricularia and Potamogeton which are aquatic plants.

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  1. Looks so peaceful. Posted 10 days ago
    1. It was very quiet except for a few birds. I imagine it must be full of frogs in the spring. Posted 10 days ago
      1. Imagine how loud the frog chorus would be! And, I just looked at the map and realized how far north this is! Posted 9 days ago
        1. With an acre and a half of water there could be thousands of frogs. This is probably good habitat for blue-spotted salamander larva too. The water is not deep so it freezes to the bottom in the winter which would keep most fish out.

          It is far north and I've noticed that there are many small isolated marshes like this one up there with a similar species composition and distribution.
          Posted 9 days ago
          1. Blue-spotted salamander larvae would be an awesome find! I have only seen photos of them, but they are so neat. Posted 8 days ago
            1. I saw some once but not in a natural wetland. They were in a deep water-filled tire rut in a backcountry trail. I hope I can get back to this site next year in the early spring. Its a bit of a trek but I think it would be worth it. Posted 8 days ago
              1. It sounds like you would probably see some awesome things in early spring! I remember you posted an adult blue-spotted salamander once, I think...I'm going to look... Posted 7 days ago
                1. Found it:
                  Ambystoma laterale (Blue-spotted Salamander) found inside a well-decomposed conifer log. Found inside a well-decomposed moist balsam fir log in a mixed deciduous-coniferous forest on May 19, 2017. One of the "mole salamanders" which typically burrow into loose soil and rotting wood. I have seldom found this species in the area possibly because of the scarcity of vernal pools which it uses for larval development. Ambystoma laterale,Ambystomatidae,Blue-spotted Salamander,Blue-spotted salamander,Geotagged,Minnesota,Spring,United States,amphibian,forests,mole salamanders,salamander,vernal pools


                  Posted 7 days ago

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Uploaded Aug 13, 2019. Captured Aug 8, 2019 09:37 in Forest Rt 339 Rd, Tofte, MN 55615, USA.
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