Beneath the Surface of Vernal Pools - Wild Ohio

March 25, 2013

Watching a vernal pool is a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of spring. And it’s about that time; when a flurry of activity takes place on warm spring nights.  Join Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, Nina Harfmann as she examines vernal pools and the life beneath the surface.

Vernal ponds (also called ephemeral, temporary, or seasonal ponds, pools, or wetlands) are areas that do not contain water year-round. Instead, these areas fill with water seasonally, usually with the onset of spring (vernal) or fall rains, and then dry up in the late summer. Vernal ponds are one of the most critical amphibian habitats.

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