Vernal Pool Tour
Time & Location
About the Event
It’s that time again when we head out into the night to see if we can find migrating salamanders and other ’phibs on the move!
Offered every spring since 2005 and led by ClearWater volunteer Jim Julian, Ph.D., a lecturer in biology at PSU’s Altoona Campus, the event will be an opportunity for a few small groups to see examples of vernal pools – temporary ponds – and the diversity of rarely seen amphibian species they support, such as dozens, if not hundreds, of migrating spotted salamanders.
Vernal pools are required breeding habitat for many amphibians, including spotted and Jefferson salamanders and wood frogs. They are also home to uncommon invertebrates such as fairy shrimp. These seasonal pools offer a reproductive safe haven as they are free of predatory species such as fish.
Registration is currently CLOSED. Successful registrants will be notified by email with further instructions for participation.