I had the pleasure of taking some great hikers up into the Sawmill Hills of Florence, Massachusetts over the weekend. We had a lot of fun! The weather was incredible and the Hills never disappoint! The vernal pools were dry as a bone, waiting or the fall rains and the spring runoff to once again fill up with water and become the wonderfully productive breeding pools for many organisms. Many people on the hike shared that they never saw a fairy shrimp or wood frog.
So, I pulled together some footage I have. Part of it was the amazing wood frog migration I ran into last spring at Mount Tom. If you remember, we had a cold, cold winter that lasted well into April. Well on the first sunny warm day, all, I mean all, the wood frogs on Mt. Tom warmed up and hopped to the vernal pool. There was still ice and snow on the ground but that didn’t stop them!:
Here’s a music video I created a while back, vernal pools are just so awe-inspiring to me:
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