Vernal Pools & Big Night

What’s a vernal pool? What is “Big Night”? Early spring is the best time to identify vernal pools, and help salamanders, frogs, and toads along their mass spring migration. As the earth warms up and temperatures stabilize around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, sleepy reptiles and amphibians come out of hibernation and begin their movement to spring breeding grounds.

Learn identification of vernal pools and obligate species through a slideshow presentation, and interactive audio files.

Learn how to be equipped to perform a neighborhood “Big Night Watch” and get family, friends, and neighbors involved in helping amphibians avoid road mortality during this special time of year. 

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