Early in the spring, just as the ground thaws and the ponds begin to thaw, something miraculous happens. Wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and spring peepers emerge from their winter hideaways and migrate on the first warm rainy night to the nearest vernal pool to breed and lay their eggs. An explosion of life! They stay for only a few weeks, then retreat back into the surrounding forest where they rest, feed, and move either between wetlands or underground until the winter freeze returns. Come learn all about the amazing life cycle of these and other vernal pool critters, the important role they play in our forest food webs, and how we can conserve these special places.
Instructor: Dr. Stockwell is a wildlife ecologist and Director of Conservation at Maine Audubon. She has been involved with vernal pool studies, community science projects, outreach, and conservation for over 40 years.
Class Information: This class is being held via Zoom.
This class is Free to SSC members whose Membership is current (2021-2022 year). If you are a current member of another Maine Senior College (other than SSC), there is a fee of $5.00 to cover online registration administrative fees. If you are not a current member of either SSC or MSCN, there is a fee of $10.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.