Vernal pools are a vital breeding habitat for resident amphibians and invertebrates such as wood frogs, spotted and blue-spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp. The MLT is once again offering an introduction to vernal pools and instructions as to how to certify them through a workshop and field trip. This year’s warm winter and early spring may affect the pools’ residents significantly.
The experience will begin with a slide show presentation at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Wednesday, April 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, where wetland scientist Elizabeth Leidhold will describe with exhibits and slides some of the animals that rely on vernal pools for survival. On Saturday, April 14, at 9:00 am, she’ll lead the investigation of one of the MLT’s vernal pools; the site will be determined by the weather conditions. The state forms for certifying vernal pools will be provided to all participants so that they can learn how to properly complete the forms part of the Commonwealth’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. This will be a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to learn together about the wetlands of Mattapoisett and how they can help protect them for future generations.
Both events are free and open to all, including residents of other towns. Attendance at the presentation is not required for participation in the field visit on Saturday. Anyone interested in discovery should meet at the Friends’ Meeting House on Route 6 Saturday morning at 8:45 am. For more information call 508-317-5932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.