25 Species That Call Tibbetts Brook Home

Volunteers helping the Friends identify various species of macroinvertebrates for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's WAVE program.

Volunteers helping the Friends identify various species of macroinvertebrates for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s WAVE program.  Photo by Stan McCleave.

Today is World Wetlands Day and to celebrate we wanted to share with you a list of 25 species you probably didn’t know call Tibbetts Brook home.  Wildlife of many sizes call Tibbetts Brook home from the large carp that can be seen cresting the waters surface during the late summer, to the small protozoa that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is important for an urban area to contain this species richness for genetic diversity and importance to human and nature interactions. The Friends are thankful for the wetlands that assist in protecting this precious Bronx water body and look to continue to improve wetland habitat related to the Brook in the future.  Each month this year, the Friends will share another list of 25 as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

1 Psidium Finger nail clam Mollusk
2 Cipangopaldulia chinensis Chinses mystery snail Mollusk
3 Viviparus georgianus Banded mystery snail Mollusk
4 Physella Bladder Snails Mollusk
5 Enellagma Bluet Damselfly Damselfly
6 Nehalennia Sprites Damselfly
7 Ladona julia Chalk fronted corporal Dragonfly
8 Epicordulia Basket tails Dragonfly
9 Gomphaeschna Pygmy Darners Dragonfly
10 Dorocordulia Little emeralds Dragonfly
11 Tramea Saddlebags Dragonfly
12 Erythemis Pond Hawks Dragonfly
13 Notonecta Back Swimmers True Bug
14 Hydrometra Water Scorpion True Bug
15 Caenis Burrowing mayfly Mayfly
16 Cybister Predaceous diving beetle Beetle
17 Gammarus Scuds Crustacean
18 Caecidotea Aquatic Sow Bugs Crustacean
19 Orconectus limosus Spiny cheeked cray fish Crustacean
20 Chrysemys picta Painted turtle Reptile
21 Chelydra serpentina Snapping turtle Reptile
22 Lithobates catesbiana Bull Frog Amphibian
23 Lophodytes cucullatus Hooded merganser Water Fowl
24 Lepomis gibbosus Pumpkin seed Sun Fish
25 Ondatra zibethicus Muskrat Rodent
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25 Species That Call Tibbetts Brook Home
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Today is World Wetlands Day and to celebrate you wanted to share with you a list of 25 species you probably didn't know call Tibbetts Brook home.
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