Vernal Pools Exploration

Hidden Valley Nature Center | Fri, Apr 30 | All Ages


Time: Fri, Apr 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center


Come learn about the amazing web of life that abounds in our vernal pools. Amanda Shearin, from Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and an amphibian expert, will lead us on this exploration.

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. HVNC 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 you have them.

Expect to walk about 1.5 miles to visit at least three of HVNC’s many vernal pools.

Amanda Cross is a Wildlife Biologist and Habitat Outreach Coordinator at MDIFW.  Prior to joining the Department in 2014, Amanda worked on multiple natural resource issues across Maine, New England, and internationally, including wildlife and transportation conflicts, vernal pool and wetland ecology, fishless lakes, sustainable agriculture, and cetacean ecology.  She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, M.S. in Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, and Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.  Her enthusiasm is contagious!

Amanda will offer a virtual presentation on Vernal Pools on Tuesday, April 27; register here for that event.