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Exploring the Vernal Pools of Mount Warner
April 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Amphibians like frogs and salamanders have a unique life cycle that often depends on a small breeding area called a vernal pool. On Mount Warner Reservation in Hadley, there are several of these fleeting pools of water in the forest that collect in winter and spring, and then dry out and disappear in the summer. Join UMass Amherst environmental conservation professor Scott Jackson to explore the science and mystery behind vernal pools on Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to noon. Scott is a wetlands scientist who makes ecology understandable and exciting for all ages. We will bring equipment for gathering and viewing fairy shrimp, salamander eggs, tadpoles, and other creatures up close.
This walk & talk will include several moderate climbs up hill to reach the pools, so be prepared for a hike. A great family event to learn about the creatures that depend on the vernal pool–before it vanishes!
This program is free, but limited to 25 participants and registration is required.
There is no rain date for this event.