vernal pool


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vernal pool

n.
A seasonal body of standing water that typically forms in the spring from melting snow and other runoff, dries out completely in the summer, often refills in the autumn, and provides an important breeding habitat for many terrestrial or semiaquatic species, such as frogs and salamanders.
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Gall, Mina, and their collaborators in Penn State's Department of Biology (Tracy Langkilde and her graduate student, Bradley Carlson) have identified seven vernal pool sites across an agricultural impact gradient, with the Living Filter sites among those most impacted by agricultural activities.
The main story is from the perspective of the vernal pool itself, punctuated by educational sidebars about the animals that depend on vernal pools to survive and reproduce.
fossalis-species that form the 'core vernal pool clade' of Spencer and Porter (1997).
So far, prices have ranged from a few thousand dollars for upland habitat credits to substantially more for vernal pool credits.
These pools are depressions that remain inundated during the rainy season and provide habitat to a unique assembly of plants and animals, such as the federally listed vernal pool fairy shrimp, that complete their life cycles before the pools dry out during the dry season.
This property supports important vernal pool and grassland habitats, and such endangered species as the vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi).
Thus we get: "a party was taking shape, a warm weather animal with the short intense life of something born in a vernal pool.
See vernal pool and salamanders in the miles of trails in the White Mountain National Forest.
Like the honking geese that fly back to their place of birth, wood frogs are driven to return to the same place where their lives began a vernal pool.
They also want protection of a vernal pool they say is being destroyed by grading.
Students and professor have criticized the design of the new fields, saying their slope and soil makeup has altered how water will run off to a vernal pool that is home to a protected form of salamander.
Vernal Pool Surveys Prepared by ENPLAN, Redding, CA