In the spring vernal pool animals are often in a race against time for survival before the pool dries up during the summer. Come see what you can find in one of Wellesley’s 18 vernal pools. From fairy shrimp to damselflies, green frogs and painted turtles, learn about these seasonal pools and the many creatures that might inhabit them on Wednesday, April 14 at 4:00PM. The "Fairies, Frogs, and Damsels!" Spring and Summer Wildlife of Vernal Pools: Part 2 event is brought to us by the Wellesley Conservation Land Trust Educational Series and co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library, Natural Resources Commission, and Sustainable Wellesley.
Register in advance for this half-hour virtual educational Zoom event here.
What is a vernal pool?
How does the vernal pool change from early spring to late spring/summer?
Why and how does that affect what creatures are in the pool?
How does that affect what critters are drawn to the pool?
Who are the predators and who are the prey?
Joy Marzolf, former naturalist and educator for over 13 years at Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary and now with her own company The Joys of Nature, will provide the answers to your questions and provide tips for exploring Wellesley’s vernal pools.
This event is designed for families and curious children of all ages. Pre-registration is required here. More info: Facebook. Website.
According to the Wellesley Geographic Information System (GIS), Wellesley has 18 vernal pools and 15 of them are certified! You can explore the location of these by using the Wellesley GIS Property Viewer and turning on the Vernal Pool layer. A map to the Guernsey Sanctuary vernal pool is here. An aerial view of the North 40 vernal pool is here.
Massachusetts GIS of Certified Vernal Pools
Massachusetts Vernal Pool Certification Process