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Upcoming VPMon Events

2019 VPMon Monitor Trainings

Are you a lover of salamanders? Perhaps you’re a volunteer citizen scientist looking for a new project? Or maybe you’ve been waiting since last summer to finally get the chance to adopt a vernal pool through the Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project (VPMon). Whatever your reason, attending a VPMon Monitor Training is the key step in becoming a VPMon citizen scientist.

Apart from explaining what exactly vernal pools and VPMon are, these trainings will cover two major topics: 1) how to identify the key inhabitants of a vernal pool—like wood frogs and spotted salamanders— as well as their egg masses and 2) the VPMon methodology: what, when, and how data is collected and submitted. They will each last 1.5 hours and be entirely indoors.

If you’re interested in contributing to the future conservation of vernal pools by being a Vernal Pool Monitor, then RSVP to a training near you by emailing the VPMon Project Coordinator, Alex Wells at gro.s1550670503eidut1550670503socet1550670503v@sll1550670503ewa1550670503.

Co-hosted by Burlington City Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront
Tuesday, February 19, 6-7:30 pm
Robert Miller Community Center, 130 Gosse Ct, Burlington, VT

Co-hosted by the Wild Middlebury Project

Wednesday, February 20, 7-8:30 pm
Room 219, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Bicentennial Way, Middlebury, VT

Tuesday, February 26, 6-7:30 pm
Tracy Hall, 300 Main St, Norwich, VT

Co-hosted by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
Wednesday, February 27, 6-7:30 pm
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, 7599 Route 9 East, Marlboro, VT

Co-hosted by Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Friday, March 1, 6-7:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland Center, 3270 VT-315, Rupert, VT

Co-hosted by North Branch Nature Center
Wednesday, March 6, 7-8:30 pm
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St, Montpelier, VT

Co-hosted by Northwoods Stewardship Center
Thursday March 7, 6-7:30 pm
Backup date in case of bad weather: Sunday, March 17
Northwoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT


There will likely be more VPMon Monitor Trainings later in the season, however if you’re new to the project and you’d like to collect data at an adopted pool in the 2019 season, attending one of these trainings is a must!