Most people don’t know what a vernal pool is, but they have likely seen lots of them. They are a temporary spring or wetland that provides important habitat for some very unusual species.
On Sunday May 20, Ray Stewart, from the Ohio Wetlands Association, gave a presentation on vernal pools. One of his comments was that Northeast Ohio, and Geauga County in particular, has a wealth of these seasonal wetlands.
Those who attended now know that such areas are a lot more than just a wet and soggy place. They provide shelter and breeding space for a vast range of insects and amphibians which are all important to a thriving ecosystem. Special Thanks to Ray Stewart and the Ohio Wetlands Association for his presentation.
To learn more about vernal pools visit the website of the Ohio Vernal Pool Network.
Photos from the Conservation Conversation on vernal pools: