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Explore vernal pools through workshops, outings

Jefferson, Chamberlain -

JEFFERSON – The Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association (DLWA) and Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) will offer separate workshops (for those who want to learn more about vernal pools) at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 at the gathering of the PWA Vernal Pool Task Force at Bonnie Potter’s home in Chamberlain and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at the DLWA office at 38 Lake Farm Circle in Jefferson.

Vernal pools are seasonal water basins that serve as essential breeding habitat for certain species of wildlife, including salamanders and frogs. Species that must have access to vernal pools in order to survive and reproduce include wood frogs, spotted and blue-spotted salamanders (two types of mole salamanders) and fairy shrimp. Workshop participants will learn how to identify egg masses and how to recognize and document significant vernal pools. Ward did his masters thesis on vernal pools, and he has been counting frog and salamander egg masses for 10 years.

For more information, call Julia McLeod at 549 3836.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Julia McLeod

Telephone Number: (207)549-3836

Website: http://www.dlwa.org

Email: Julia@dlwa.org