Sat, Apr 01|
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Vernal Pool Workshop - Focus on Herpetology
Learn about the ecology of vernal ponds in PA with a focus on herpetology
Time & Location
Apr 01, 2023, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM EDT
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, 799 Pinkerton Run Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15071, USA
About The Event
Join naturalist, April Claus, for an in-depth examination of the ecology of Pennsylvania vernal ponds. This class is an introduction to these unique breeding pools, showcasing the behaviors of some of the most endearing amphibian species. Participants will learn how to identify amphibian egg masses and meet some live specimens of native salamanders, toads and frogs who utilize these ponds.
The first portion of this workshop will be an indoor lesson. After lunch, the group will venture outside to visit a nearby vernal pond to make observations in the field. Topics covered will include discussions of vernal pool inhabitants, mole salamander genetics, symbiotic relationships and management practices for vernal ponds. This program is designed for participants ages 14-18 years old, with a strong interest in biology and herpetology.