Vernal Pool Walk in Hartford
Ended April 28
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Lee Michaelides

Spotted salamanders move from the woods where they spend almost the entire year in the woods in forest duff and in cavities made by rotted roots or mice or other animals. The first rain when the temp is in the 40's, they travel overland to their natal pools to mate. They may spend some days there before returning to the woods. Several species of frogs are also on the move to spring pools to mate and lay eggs.  Some traps will be set the evening before the vernal pool walk. We'll take an easy walk along an old road in the town forest to a vernal pool where we'll see what stumbled in. We will record the species and numbers to report to the VT Fish and Wildlife department as required by our permit which was granted to Hartford Conservation Commission for educational purposes.

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