Discover Vernal Pools with the Mattapoisett Land Trust

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 field trip onto Town property.

On Saturday, April 21at 1:00 pm, we’ll meet at the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Tinkhamtown Woodlands parking area on Long Plain Road. We’ll proceed through the woods and onto Town of Mattapoisett Water Department lands where we will investigate what inhabits a vernal pool that was discovered last year. Together we’ll complete all of the field work necessary for the state certification of the pool. The state forms for certifying vernal pools will be provided so that participants can learn how to properly complete the forms for 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 what they can do to protect them for future generations.

The exploration is free and open to all, including residents of other towns. We’ll meet on Long Plain Road at 1:00 pm. Those who are uncertain of the location can meet at Dunseith Gardens, the Seahorse property, at 12:45 pm and the group will be led to the exploration. Please wear appropriate clothing including rubber boots. The exploration will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 774-377-9191 or email

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