Midcoast Conservancy vernal pool exploration
Join Midcoast Conservancy on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to noon to learn about the amazing web of life that abounds in vernal pools. Phillip deMaynadier, wildlife biologist with Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and an amphibian expert, will lead us on this exploration at Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson.
Of all the interesting ways to observe the advance of spring, vernal pools are one of the most fascinating. A vernal pool is a temporary woodland pond or small body of water, often overlooked, which plays a central role in the life cycle of many amphibians and turtles and the organisms that rely on them. They have important implications and impacts on local wildlife, outdoor recreation, and forestry operations. Midcoast Conservancy invites anyone to come and learn why vernal pools are so important to protecting Maine’s woodlands.
Participants will learn about the species of frog, turtle, and salamander that rely on vernal pools; learn to identify and count egg masses; and learn about the complex dynamics that make vernal pools so fascinating.
Come prepared for an outdoor class, rain or shine. Dress warmly and be prepared for muddy conditions and the possibility of bugs. Bring a net, camera, sunglasses and hand lens if desired.
Expect to walk about 1.5 miles to visit at least three of HVNC’s many vernal pools. For more information, or to register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/vernal-pool-exploration-2/, or call (207) 389-5150.