It is a rite of spring often upstaged by the season’s first wildflowers or migrating birds. Yet it is an event no less dramatic than either. Scattered in woodlands across the Northeast, small wetlands erupt with life, notably the carnal adventures of frogs and salamanders. These wetlands are vernal pools.
VCE combines its expertise in research, mapping and citizen engagement in the identification and conservation of these small but valuable wetlands and their unique array of invertebrates and amphibians. Currently, our vernal pool work comprises four projects: the Vermont Vernal Pool Mapping Project, the North Atlantic Vernal Pool Data Cooperative, Mercury and Vernal Pools, and the Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project. For more information on those projects and for resources for vernal pool conservation, click on the following links: