Want to learn about vernal pools, their importance, and what animals we can find in them? April 20th will be our vernal pool Family Science Outing!! Come to Sheep Pasture at 5:30 PM and join a NRT naturalist in this evening ponding exploration.
Now you might be asking yourself what are vernal pools and why are they so special? A vernal pool is a depression in the land that fills with water during the fall and winter, remaining filled throughout the spring. These typically small pools then act as critical breeding habitats for amphibians and invertebrates before drying out in the summer. Because the pool water supply is not dependent on a stream or river, vernal pools are generally devoid of fish which aids in the reproductive success of our amphibians and invertebrates. This is especially crucial for those animals that solely rely on these temporary pools. Some animals considered obligate vernal pool species and are completely dependent on these habitats include the blue spotted, Jefferson, and spotted salamanders and fairy shrimp. Other animals found in vernal pools but are not necessarily dependent on them include american toads, green frogs, spring peepers, and four-toed salamanders.
So come to Sheep Pasture on Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 PM and explore vernal pools with us! We will search for salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles, and invertebrates, while learning more about the species we find and appreciating the natural beauty that comes with a vernal pool!
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