Join us on Friday, July 17th from 1:30-2:30pm for another virtual field trip via Zoom. We will tour local bee expert Ed Newman’s hives, and also examine flowers and their insect visitors on the Wayne National Forest and in Joe’s garden. Register here!
This week, we invite you to take a field trip (virtual or real) to a vernal pool. Read on to find out what they are!
I love vernal pools because they provide habitat for some of our most mysterious creatures in Ohio. Some people refer to them as “Appalachian tide pools” because they are ephemeral (don’t last very long) and harbor strange creatures like mole salamanders, fairy shrimp, diving beetles, and many others.
This time of year (late winter and early spring) is perhaps the best time to visit vernal pools. They are literally swimming with wildlife.