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Exploring the Vernal Pools of Mount Warner

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

salamander eggs under water

Woodlands teem with activity in spring, especially in vernal pools. These shallow, water-filled depressions are filled by snow-melt, providing vital breeding habitat for amphibians (frogs and salamanders) and macroinvertebrates (insects and crustaceans). Many of these species depend on vernal pools during this crucial period of their life cycles.

On Saturday, March 30, 9:00 – 11:00 am, join Kestrel Land Trust and distinguished biology professor Steve Tilley at Mount Warner Reservation in Hadley to explore the science of vernal pools and the fascinating  cycles that take place in this unique habitat. A high point in the plain of the Connecticut River, Mount Warner was once an island in glacial Lake Hitchcock. Located here are several of these fleeting pools that will dry out and disappear in the summer.

Wood frog floating on vernal poolThis “Learning with the Land” event will include a 2.2-mile walk around the loop trail and several moderate climbs up hill to reach the pools. We will bring equipment for gathering and viewing salamander eggs, tadpoles, fairy shrimp, and other creatures up close. A great family event to learn about vernal pools before they vanish!

Steve Tilley is Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at Smith College. He has done research on the salamander diversity of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, including the discovery and naming of four new species.

Registration is required. Sliding scale donation welcome.



March 30
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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