Vernal Pools Assessments and Surveys

Vernal Pools Assessments and Surveys

Vernal pools by definition are temporary depressions that retain freshwater. They offer many important benefits and serve as a breeding site for several amphibian species as well as a habitat for rare and endangered plant species.

Vernal pools are a valuable and increasingly threatened ecosystem. As a result, state and federal agencies are engaged in efforts to protect the remaining vernal pools, as their disappearance marks the loss of rare and important habitat and some of the associated plant and animal species.

Our wetland scientists have completed numerous vernal pool studies and assessments for various projects including energy transmission, wind power siting and highway projects. Vernal pool surveys include identification of egg masses and adults for obligate vernal pool species. Specific species may include wood frog, blue-spotted salamander, spotted salamander, and fairy shrimp in the northeast. 

 

 

 

 

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