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The Fascinating World of a Vernal Pool

April 13 @ 1:00 PM 4:00 PM

In the spring forest when vernal pools melt and fill with rain, life returns to these ephemeral wetlands. As soon as water appears, fairy shrimp hatch and are soon joined by hundreds of other organisms. These are the breeding grounds of wood frogs, spotted and blue-spotted salamanders and numerous other creatures. The salamanders migrate to the pools on the first warm, rainy night above 8 degrees Celsius and generally stay in the pond a few weeks to mate. We will be checking a pool for the eggs of wood frogs, spotted and blue-spotted salamanders and for some of the many organisms that live and breed in these unique woodland ponds. Mark Williamson, of Trent University, will be bringing nets and trays for us to have a closer look at some of the invertebrates that are part of this fascinating ecosystem. We will also be listening for calling frogs and identifying some early spring wildflowers. Dress according to the weather and consider wearing rubber boots. To register for just one date and for more information on location, contact Sue after March 4 at [email protected] or call 705-559- 2061.

Accessibility: Moderate with walking around woodland ponds

Choice of two dates: April 13 or May 4

1 to 4 p.m.

15 participants