Virtual Vernal Pool Exploration

Your home | Tue, Apr 27 | All Ages


Time: Tue, Apr 27, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Your home


While much is different this spring, the dependable calls of the wood frog and spring peeper have begun right on schedule, and vernal pools are bursting with new life. We invite you to a virtual exploration of these remarkable ecosystems, the unique animals that live there, and simple techniques for exploring pools safely on one’s own. An in-person hike at Hidden Valley will follow on Friday, April 30. To register for that event, click here.

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.

Leading the presentation will be Dr. Amanda Cross, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with 15 years’ experience studying and teaching vernal pool ecology across Maine. She lives close to several vernal pools in Harpswell, where she and her family enjoy catching frogs, counting egg masses, and mimicking amphibian calls.