Western MA Youth Can Help
Deerfield River Watershed Association Protect
Vernal Pools as Citizen Scientists
During springtime, our surroundings burst with new life! One of the most interesting and least known about natural environments is the vernal pool- pools develop in the early spring while snow melts and the ground becomes softer, and pools of water gather becoming home to a laying ground for frogs and salamanders.
BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST
Vernal pool habitats are often accidentally destroyed or disturbed due to lack of knowledge about their existence. This spring, older students have the opportunity to be citizen scientists and help report data about vernal pools in their neighborhoods! Kids ages 10 and up are invited to monitor populations of vernal pool-breeding amphibians.
The project is coordinated by the Deerfield River Watershed Association, and requires that kids take part in two training sessions prior to assessing the pools; and also that kids visit a vernal pool twice during the month of April to check on their frogs and salamanders! The project allows kids to become involved in the preservation of their local resources, and to learn about a unique habitat. Taking part in the project can supplement studies of biology, ecology, environmental science, and species evolution (take a look at how species evolved to depend on vernal pools). For more information, contact Pat Serrentino at 413-772-0520.