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Vernal Pool Workshop in Worcester
May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join herpetologist Kiley Briggs and VLT ecologist Allaire Diamond to visit a series of vernal pools in the vast Worcester Woods, on land currently owned by Vermont Land Trust. We will learn about the spring-breeding amphibians living in the area and survey the site for frogs, salamanders, and their eggs. The vernal pools we will visit are not along existing trails, so participants should be prepared to hike on logging roads and off-trail across hilly terrain for up to 2 miles round trip. While we are likely to see Spotted Salamanders, Wood Frogs, and Spring Peepers, finding Blue-spotted Salamanders is possible and would be an important discovery on the property, so the more people on the trip the better our odds are at locating this uncommon species. Kiley works for The Orianne Society, a non-profit working to conserve critical ecosystems for rare reptiles and amphibians using science, applied conservation, and education and is currently involved in Wood Turtle research in Vermont.
Be prepared to hike 2 miles on hilly terrain. Water-proof footwear is recommended. Attendance is limited to 20 people. Parking is limited, please carpool if possible.
Image courtesy of Crossroads Photography.