For more information about the Vernal Pool
Hike visit www.ConserveMC.org or call TLC's office at 815-337-9502.
We see moose tracks, beautiful birds, and, in the spring, an amazing vernal pool
Pages 140-146 in Ecology, conservation, and management of vernal pool
ecosystemsproceedings from a 1996 conference.
Tiny spicebush blossoms form a yellow haze throughout the stream valley as a melodic chorus of spring peepers pipes up from every vernal pool
. Wood ducks paddle past budding trout lilies, and phoebes call out as they explore their nesting sites under the West Beach Drive bridge.
A critical and poorly understood component of vernal pool
ecology and conservation is the effect of hydroperiod on vernal pool
ecosystems (Brooks, 2004; Brooks and Hayashi, 2002).
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.
Instead, diversification has been thought to be divergent and possibly, in the case of the core vernal pool
species, driven by isolation following fragmentation of a mid to late Pliestocene vernal pool
that once covered the central plain of California, or by dispersal from pool to pool accentuated by genetic bottlenecks and drift.
So far, prices have ranged from a few thousand dollars for upland habitat credits to substantially more for vernal pool
Meanwhile, within the Stone Lakes NWR, the pipeline traverses annual grasslands, seasonal wetlands, drainage features and vernal pools
. 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
." And: "Oh, there's Roger Morton, Miriam said, as a man as thin as his malacca cane came weaving through the crowd.
A "vernal pool
" is a small, transient, biologically dynamic pond that appears in low-lying areas (especially in spring) and then typically dries up as the seasons of the year progress.