Video Review: 525,600 Minutes of a Vernal Pool

Watch and See: Vernal Pools in Western Mass

Follow a year in the life of a vernal pool in the Sawmill Hills of Florence, Massachusetts in this four minute video produced by The Northampton Wildlife Committee and Seven Generations Productions.

Here are some hikes and workshops planned for April 2008:

Saturday – 04/12/08
10am & 11:30am – VERNAL POOLS: REFUGE FOR WILDLIFE – (Northampton) Broad Brook Coalition (BBC) will sponsor Heather Ruel from the US Fish and Wildlife Services-Div. of Reality. 10am at the Forbes Library, Northampton and then at 11:30am at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area (FLCA) N. Farms Road entrance. Heather will start this program with a short visual presentation on vernal pools and the certification program in MA, and then we will meet at FLCA for a walk to our vernal pools. Attend both or either segments. Vernal pools are temporary wetlands that provide critical habitat for invertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, fairy shrimp and spring peepers who are probably best known for their sharp peeping calls heard in chorus from wetlands in early spring. These habitats and their upland forests are essential for the survival of many of these species. For more information on Broad Brook Coalition, visit their website

Sunday – 04/13/08
1pm-3pm – ECOSYSTEM HIKE – (Northampton) The Broad Brook Coalition (BBC),Valley Land Fund (VLF), Northampton Wildlife Committee will be sponsoring Mike Wojtech, Timothy Brown, and John Body at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area (FLCA) N. Farms Road entrance. It’s all about Habitat! Mike, Timothy, and John will welcome the spring with a hike to explore some of the habitats at the FLCA. Forest ecosystems, vernal pools, lake, and old orchard systems will be explored. Hopefully there will be time to get out to Cooke’s Pasture, our restored and managed shrub land that is the focus of much effort on the part of the management team of the BBC. For more information on Valley Land Fund, visit their website at

Sunday – 04/20/08
1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY HIKE INTO THE SAWMILL HILLS – (Florence) Northampton Wildlife Committee and Nonotuck Land Fund sponsors: Come celebrate Earth Day with the Wildlife Committee and Nonotuck as we check the three substantial vernal pools and do some trail maintenance along the way. We’ll get to see lots of vernal pool activity and maybe the Pileated Woodpeckers will make an appearance! Meet at the parking lot behind the Arts and Industries Building on Pine Street and we’ll carpool up to the Avis Circle Trailhead.

Saturday – 04/26/08
10am-Noon – VERNAL POOL CERTIFICATION – (Easthampton) Mass Audubon at Arcadia Sanctuary hosts Nancy Childs, naturalist and Arcadia Nursery School lead teacher will be walking people through the steps of certifying a vernal pool. You will learn how to identify a pool with obligate species and vegetation, do the required mapping and documentation, and process the forms to have a vernal pool certified by the state. This certification brings added protections to the pool. Call the Sanctuary for more details and registeration, 584-3009. For more hikes and workshops at Arcadia, check out their website at: ($)

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