Vernal Pool Monitoring Project: a training by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies
March 6 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Vernal pools, despite being both key breeding habitat for several charismatic species and hidden powerhouses in the forest ecosystem, face an uncertain future. That’s why the Vermont Center for Ecostudies is coordinating the Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project (VPMon) to establish and maintain a baseline of essential information on Vermont’s vernal pools.
VPMon is driven by citizen scientists. All of the data is collected by impassioned Vermonters who visit their “adopted” vernal pool a few times each spring. Every volunteer gets involved by attending a training just like this one. We’ll cover:
- What a vernal pool is.
- How to identify the key inhabitants of a vernal pool—like wood frogs and spotted salamanders— as well as their egg masses.
- The VPMon methodology: what, when, and how data is collected and submitted.
If you want to participate in local conservation and take action on behalf of Vermont’s vernal pools, then becoming a VPMon monitor (and attending this training) is a great way to do it. This program will give interested volunteers what they need to get involved in VPMon, and will cover a whole lot of vernal pool ecology and amphibian natural history, too!
More information about the Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project can be found here.
This is a program presented by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.