Newton Conservators is offering this upcoming event:
Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
The Hidden Life of Vernal Pools: Forest and
Vernal Pool Exploration at Webster Woods
Join us in Webster Woods, Newton’s largest conservation area, as we walk the woods and explore the large vernal pool found there.Vernal pools, because of periods of drying, do not support breeding populations of fish. Many organisms have evolved to use these temporary wetlands, where they are not eaten by fish.
Join us as we search obligate vernal pool species, including fairy shrimp, spotted salamanders and wood frogs. The amphibians are the stars of the show, but you will also watch for mammal tracks and learn about trees and other forest plants.
Sampling equipment will be provided; bring hand lenses if you have them.We will walk even in the rain, so dress accordingly.
Meet at the end of Warren Street on the western edge of Webster Conservation Area.
For anyone not up to a 1-mile hike (round-trip), you can meet up with the group at 2 pm in the back parking lot (far back) of the former Congregation Mishkan Tefila on Hammond Pond Road; the vernal pool is right there.
Trip Leader: Eric Olson