Vernal Pool Identification
Harris Center for Conservation Education
- April 1–May 30
This is an ongoing Citizen Science Experience. Contact the sponsoring organization to join in.
Identify and document vernal pools with the Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory, the citizen science arm of the Harris Center for Conservation Education. Vernal pools are small, temporary woodland ponds that serve both as critical breeding habitat for a suite of amphibian species and as important feeding grounds and shelter for many reptiles, birds, and mammals. In efforts to protect these vital (yet often overlooked) ecosystems, we're training volunteers to identify and document vernal pools, with special focus on lands where information is needed for conservation planning. You could find salamander eggs, frog eggs (photo), freshwater shrimp, and more!
Training Required: Attend one free training session. Check the Nature Groupie Experiences calendar for upcoming trainings!