Learn about—and help certify—vernal pools on April 21

Apr 7, 2018

The Mattapoisett Land Trust is hosting an event for those interested in learning about vernal pools—and how to arrange for state certification of the pools.

On Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m., participants will meet at the Buzzards Bay Coalition´s Tinkhamtown Woodlands parking area on Long Plain Road. Those unsure of the location can meet at Dunseith Gardens, the Seahorse property, at 12:45 p.m. and the group will be led to the exploration.

Participants will proceed through the woods and onto Town of Mattapoisett Water Department lands.

Together they'll complete all of the field work necessary for the state certification of the pool. The state forms for certifying vernal pools will be provided so that participants can learn how to properly complete the forms for the Commonwealth's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.

Vernal pools are a vital breeding habitat for resident amphibians and invertebrates such as wood frogs, spotted and blue-spotted salamanders and fairy shrimp.

The exploration is free and open to all, including residents of other towns.

Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing, including rubber boots. The exploration will take place rain or shine. For more information call 774-377- 9191 or email info@mattlandtrust.org.