New Vermont Vernal Pool Monitor Project Seeks Input

Are you interested in vernal pools? Maybe you're a volunteer citizen scientist looking for the next project? We'd love to have your help! VCE will pilot a vernal pool monitoring project with the help of citizen scientists in Vermont next spring, and we need feedback from you.

Having mapped the location of nearly 5,000 vernal pools across Vermont in partnership with Arrowwood Environmental and the help of many enthusiastic volunteers, we're taking the next step -- monitoring the health of these unique wetlands. While volunteers will still work to verify potential vernal pools as part of the mapping project, repeated monitoring of known pools is essential to establish a baseline of data with which to compare future changes, and to increase our understanding about these ephemeral wetlands.

Vernal pools provide critical habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife, from breeding Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders, to Fingernail Clams and Fairy Shrimp. Despite their crucial role, vernal pools face an uncertain future due to effects of climate change, airborne pollutants, and threats from development. Read more about our new monitoring project and take our short survey.

Anotado por kpmcfarland kpmcfarland, noviembre 06, lunes 14:33

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