March Lecture - Vernal Pools

posted Mar 1, 2011, 8:29 PM by Marty Nielsen
A vernal pool is a form of temporary, freshwater wetland that contains
water for a portion of the year and supports a fantastic array of wildlife
and plants, some specially adapted for these habitats and many being rare
species in Virginia. Vernal pools are often found in the floodplain of a
stream, in seasonally-flooded woodlands, as sinkhole ponds, or where
rainwater and snow collect in forest depressions. Call them vernal pools,
disappearing ponds, or just big puddles, these temporary wetlands are
critical habitat for some of our most interesting and mysterious creatures.
Mike Hayslett is naturalist-in-residence and director of the Virginia Vernal Pools Program at Sweet Briar
College. Mike is also a Virginia Master Naturalist and president of the Central Virginia chapter. His
career as a wildlife biologist and conservation educator has focused primarily on his expertise with
amphibians and "vernal pool" wetlands.
The Habitats
of Vernal Pools
Thursday, March 24,
7:30 p.m.
Green Spring Gardens
Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia. 703-642-5173.
VNPS programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.