These ephemeral wetlands offer important sites for these small wildlife to mate and lay their eggs; because the pools don’t support fish, there is far less likelihood that the eggs will be eaten.
Of late, on warm nights, in rainy weather, spotted salamanders have been walking to these pools en masse. They even travel over roads – and may end up as roadkill. Some folks travel on foot at night to witness these migrations and the ensuing frenzy in the pools. And some folks help the animals to cross the road – literally.
Help to ensure the availability of vernal pools by certifying them!
Carly Rocklen, Restoration Manager and Outreach Director