The peepers are out and on Saturday, Aprll 17 the Medomak Valley Land Trust will host a vernal pool exploration to introduce the public to the wonders of this fleeting spring ecosystem.

Vernal pools are temporary wetlands that form in the spring from an accumulation of melting snow and heavy rains. They are especially important as breeding grounds for frogs and salamanders. MVLT’s event will include a short introduction to vernal pool ecology, followed by a moderate but muddy hike to a vernal pool in the watershed.

Interested persons should plan to meet at the MVLT office, at 25 Friendship Street in Waldoboro, at 10 a.m. In the event of rain, call the MVLT office at 832-5570 to check for cancellation.

Participants will learn the difference between wood frog and spotted salamander eggs, and possibly get a chance to identify them in the field. “It may be possible to see the frogs and salamanders around the pools during the day, but, as we all know from peepers, amphibians tend to be more active during the night. Things are sure to get wet, so everyone is encouraged to wear galoshes or other shoes that they do not mind getting muddy,” said Liz Petruska, MVLT director.

For more information, volunteer opportunities, or MVLT’s services to landowners, contact the land trust’s by phone at 832-5570 or e-mail volmvlt@midcoast.com or visit online at medomakvalley.org.

Medomak Valley Land Trust was established in 1991 to promote and preserve the natural, recreational, and scenic character and traditional land uses of the Medomak River watershed.

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