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Are you interested in vernal pools? Maybe you’re a volunteer citizen scientist looking for the next project? VCE is teaming up with conservation organizations around the state to put on events for individuals interested in learning more about amphibians, vernal pools, and how to get involved in protecting and monitoring them. Learn more about those events and other upcoming vernal pool events below.

Spotted Salamander. Photo: Sean Beckett

 

Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project Training
Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, VT
Thursday, May 10, 4 – 7 pm 

Are you interested in vernal pools and citizen science? Join us for a workshop at Vermont Institute of Natural Science on Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ new citizen science program, the Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project. The workshop will begin at the VINS Pavilion with an indoor presentation by Liza Morse — the ECO AmeriCorps Vernal Pool Monitoring Program Coordinator at VCE — on vernal pools, vernal pool conservation, and VCE’s new citizen-science Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project (VPMon). We will then head out a vernal pool on VINS property where Liza Morse will train participants on project protocols to map and monitor vernal pools.

By participating in the workshop, interested attendees will be ready to go out and monitor vernal pools as VPMon citizen scientists, themselves. This event is co-sponsored by Vermont Center for Ecostudies and Vermont Institute of Natural Science. The workshop will be free of charge and VINS admission fees will be waved for workshop attendees.

For more information about VINS and VINS programming visit http://www.vinsweb.org/index.php/home.

Vernal pool on VINS property. Photo: Anna Autilio

Get Your Feet Wet: Introducing VCE’s Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project and Vernal Pool Conservation for Landowners
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, West Marlboro, VT
RESCHEDULED TO: May 13, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Are you a landowner with a vernal pool on your property? Do you want to contribute to Citizen Science and learn more about the importance of vernal pools? Sign up for this two-part workshop, Get Your Feet Wet: Introducing Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project and Vernal Pool Conservation for Landowners, co-sponsored by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, the Vermont Woodlands Association, the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, and the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area.

The workshop will begin with an indoor presentation by Liza Morse, the ECO AmeriCorps Vernal Pool Monitoring Program Coordinator at VCE, on vernal pools, vernal pool conservation, and VCE’s new citizen-science Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project (VPMon). We will then break for lunch (please bring your own), following which Liza will guide us to a site on the adjacent Hogback Mountain Conservation Area where participants will carefully learn protocol and precautions used in monitoring a vernal pool. By participating in the workshop, interested attendees will be ready to go out and monitor vernal pools as VPMon citizen scientists, themselves.

RSVP REQUIRED as space is limited to 25. Dress for the weather and walking on uneven and wet terrain. Direct questions to Liza Morse at gro.s1544489556eidut1544489556socet1544489556v@esr1544489556ome1544489556 or call (802) 649-1431 ext. 205.

Vernal Pool Workshop
Williamstown, VT
Tuesday, May 15, 5-8 pm

VT Coverts Cooperators Ann & Rich Chalmers invite you to their property to explore a unique group of vernal pools.  Allaire Diamond and Caitlin Cusack with the VT Land Trust and Steve Faccio and Liza Morse with VT Center for Ecostudies will lead the workshop.  Learn all about vernal pools, why they are important and how to protect them. Discover the life cycles of amphibians and invertebrates that live or breed in vernal pools and how to identify them. Find out about the Vermont Center for Ecostudies Vernal Pool Monitoring Project and how to get involved.

Be prepared to hike 1 mile on trails through hilly terrain. Water-proof footwear is recommended. A headlamp or flashlight is suggested for anyone who might want to stay outside long enough to hear wood frogs, peepers, and woodcocks. Attendance is limited to 20 people. Parking is limited, please carpool if possible. Registration through the VT Land Trust at http://bit.ly/2HenOKJ.