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Vernal Pools are Cool!

Volunteer Vernal Pool Training

Help the Michigan DNR inventory Southeast Michigan’s Vernal Pools!

WHEN:      Saturday, March 16, 10 am – 2:30pm (Alternate date if bad weather: March 30)

WHERE: Proud Lake Recreation Area

River Hawk Annex – Meeting Room

3500 Wixom Road, Commerce Township, MI 48382, (248) 685-2433

WHAT:

  • Learn about vernal pools and why they are so important
  • Become trained to identify, map and collect data on vernal pools
  • Learn to identify frogs, salamanders and invertebrates
  • Contribute to the state-wide vernal pools database
  • This training involves hands-on practice outdoors so please come prepared for weather and mud (boots and rain gear)
  • Bring a sack lunch. We will provide water and snacks!

WHO:

  • Volunteers interested in visiting one or more “potential vernal pools” in southeast MI in the following areas:
    • Highland Recreation Area – Oakland Co.
    • Proud Lake Recreation Area – Oakland Co.
    • Pinckney Recreation Area – Livingston and Washtenaw Co.
    • Waterloo Recreation Area – Washtenaw County
  • Volunteers who can commit to visit one or more “potential vernal pools” at least 2-3 times during spring and summer
  • No previous experience required
  • Family-friendly

REGISTER: Please register by March 12th, No cost, but registration is limited to 30 people.

Contact Daria Hyde at hyded@michigan.gov or 517-373-4815

Sponsored by:

Michigan Natural Features Inventory and

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks Stewardship Program

Funding provided by: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality,

with a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency

Kris Olsson

Kris directs the Bioreserve Project, which aims to identify and protect the watershed's most ecologically important remaining natural areas, and works with local communities in the Portage Creek watershed to keep the creek healthy. Kris enjoys being outdoors and cuddling on the couch with her three dogs (and her two daughters, oh yeah, and husband too!)

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