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Event Start: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 05:00 AM
End End: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 12:00 PM
Vernal Pools are small but very dynamic wetlands that blossom with life every spring to the accompaniment of a cacophony of sounds. They also play an important role in improving water quality, controlling flood waters, and providing habitat for wildlife. Join Ray Stewart, from the Ohio Wetlands Association, to learn more about these special pools, and how you can help monitor pools in your neighborhood. Please join us to discover vernal pools and their Hidden Wonders.
9:00 am – Welcome and registration (beverages and snacks)
9:30 am – Introduction to Vernal Pools Presentation
This introduction to vernal pools will explain the nature of vernal pools reasons for their rich biological diversity and seasonal explosion of life. There will be a brief discussion of the challenges and need for the conservation of these unique habitats.
10:15 am – Citizen Scientist/iNaturalist for Vernal Pools Presentation
iNaturalist is a free online utility and smartphone app used to document field biology observations. This presentation will identify the key features of this program and how it will be used by the Ohio Vernal Pool Network to document and explore the diversity of Ohio’s Hidden Wonders.
11:00 am – morning hike to explore pools and gather specimens
12:15 pm – bring your own bag lunch (beverages and snacks available)
*Our afternoon session is especially family friendly.
1:00 pm – Nature Center opens- Show and tell of macroinvertebrates from morning collection session.
2:00 pm – Macro-Invertebrates Presentation
Often equated with ‘insects’, macroinvertebrates represent a broad expanse of curious life forms that contribute to the dynamic ecology of vernal pools. This presentation will show a representative range of organisms and peculiar attributes that belong to this little-known fauna.
3:00 pm – afternoon family hike to nearby vernal pools to see what lies beneath the surface.
*Children 17 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult