Vernal Pools in the Sawmill Hills are still Quiet…

group at fairy shrimp

Well, as quiet as they can be with the Umass Outing Club visiting the pools!  I had the pleasure of taking a very enthusiastic group of students up into the Sawmill Hills Conservation Area to check on the highly productive ecosystems.  It was a collaboration between the Umass Outing Club and Kestrel Land Trust.  organized by Ally Sullivan, the Community Engagement Coordinator at Kestrel and an Americorp staff member.  We found some spotted salamander eggs (having a gelantinous external membrane surrounding the whole group of eggs) but otherwise it has been just too cold.  No fairy shrimp or wood frog eggs yet.  Although a very good eye found the one and only wood frog hiding out.

A brave volunteer putting on hip waders to go into the vernal pool to look for life!

A brave volunteer putting on hip waders to go into the vernal pool to look for life!

Having fun! Well maybe....

Having fun! Well maybe….

Uh oh, the heat of last summer, or maybe it was the mice in the garage, the boots should be named after the great anthropologist...Leaky!

Uh oh, the heat of last summer, or maybe it was the mice in the garage, the boots should be named after the great anthropologist…Leaky!

About John Body

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.
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