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A Vernal Pool Adventure, Babcock Ridge Preserve

Benedict Benson

Date: Wednesday, March 23

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Spring officially arrived last Sunday, and the frogs, salamanders, and aquatic invertebrates that have spent the colder season in hiding are now coming back to life in the temporary wetlands known as vernal pools. At twilight, we’ll hike the trail—it’s about a half-mile, somewhat hilly walk—to a group of vernals in Avalonia’s Babcock Ridge Preserve to search for such creatures as Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers, Spotted and Marbled Salamanders, and Fairy Shrimp. We might also hear the booming hoots of Barred Owls and the peents of Woodcock. Bring a flashlight, wear warm clothes and waterproof boots, and don’t forget your spirit of adventure on this family-friendly exploration of a fascinating part of the natural world. Walk leader Bruce Fellman has been introducing people to vernal pool life for almost half-a-century. All attendees must be fully vaccinated and, if possible, boosted; since we’ll be outside, masks are not required.

Note: heavy rain will postpone to the 24th, same time, but light rain will be just perfect for bringing out the critters; dress accordingly. 


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