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Vernal Pools Poking Through

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

Last weekend as we were out surveying for HWA in Dobbin’s Woods, a beautiful Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy property, we came across several little pools beginning to form in the depressions of the landscape as the snow increasingly melts back. While these pools aren’t too attractive for us to throw our beach chair next to, they are extremely important to a number of amphibian species. In the upcoming weeks these small pools will serve as little nurseries for salamander and frog offspring to safely develop from egg-y masses to free swimming larvae to land conquering tetrapods. As the snow continues to melt and warmer, rainy evenings come our way, keep watch over these important pools and take a closer look to see who might be using it!

Dobbin's Woods Vernal Pool