PROJECT TRAINING MANUAL
Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring Project Manual (pdf, 4 MB) – Version 2.2.1
The key document for all Vernal Pool Monitors. The VPMon Manual details when you should visit an adopted vernal pool; the protocols behind equipment setup and data collection & submission; and how to identify vernal pool indicator species.
Vernal Pool Monitoring Data Sheet (pdf, 198 KB) – Version 2.0
Be sure to also download the Data Sheet instructions below
Vernal Pool Monitoring Data Sheet Instructions (pdf, 550 KB) – Version 2.0
Explains how to fill out each section of the VPMon data sheet, one of which should be filled out for each of the 4 official visits to an adopted vernal pool.
Leaf Litter Survey Protocol (pdf, 131 KB)
Explains how to preform a leaf litter survey of a vernal pool.
Leaf Litter Survey Data Sheet (pdf, 37 KB)
Egg Mass Survey Timing Guide (pdf, 664 KB)
AMPHIBIAN IDENTIFICATION AIDS
Egg Mass Quiz – 26 photos of vernal pool indicator species egg masses to help you practice distinguishing between different the egg masses of different species at a vernal pool.
Vernal Pool Indicator Species ID Sheet (pdf, 1.1 MB)
Field ID Cards for Northeast Vernal Pool Indicator Species (pdf, 2.4 MB) and Field ID Cards for Vermont Vernal Pool Indicator Species (pdf, 2.1 MB) — compiled by Dawn Morgan, University of Maine
Key to Amphibian eggs and larvae (pdf, 1.8 MB) — This key to identification of amphibian eggs and larvae of Minnesota includes most species found in VT.
MISCELLANEOUS IDENTIFICATION AIDS
Common Forest Tree Leaves ID Sheet (pdf, 1.7 MB) — Covers 11 common species whose leaves may be lining a vernal pool’s basin in Vermont. Use as a starting guide for the leaf litter ID protocol.