Sat, Mar 16|
Mercer Co Conservation District
Vernal Pool Workshop with a focus on Amphibians! (Mercer County Conservation District at Munnel Farm)
Workshop designed for teens (Ages +14) and adults with a strong interest in herpetology. There is a $35 fee for this workshop, registrations will be handled by Kelcy Marini of Mercer County Conservation District.
Time & Location
Mar 16, 2024, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM EDT
Mercer Co Conservation District , 747 Greenville Rd. Mercer, PA 16137
About The Event
“Life in a Vernal Pool” - Join naturalist, April Claus for an in-depth examination of the ecology of Pennsylvania vernal ponds. This class will introduce you to these unique breeding pools and showcase the behaviors of some of our most endearing amphibian species. Participants will learn how to identify amphibian eggs masses and meet some live specimens of native salamanders, toads and frogs who utilize these fleeting spring ponds. The first portion of the workshop will be held indoors, and after lunch the group will visit a nearby natural area to make observations in the field. Participants should bring their own brown bag lunch/drink and be dressed to go outdoors and tromp through muddy conditions. Topics covered will include discussions about vernal pond inhabitants, mole salamander genetics, symbiotic relationships, and the best management practices for protecting vernal ponds on your own property. This program is geared towards adults and teens (14+) with a strong interest in biology/herpetology.