Vernal Pools

Temporary, or vernal pools, are a springtime occurence in forests throughout the eastern United States. Vernal pools can be naturally occuring, constructed, or remnants of former land use. Because they are temporary, several amphibian species have evolved to breed exclusively in this habitat, making the protection of these pools critical to those obligate species. 

At Jug Bay we have four obligate amphibian species; Marbled Salamander, Spotted Salamander, Wood Frog, and Eastern Spadefoot. Additionally two obligate invertebrates, the Fairy Shrimp and Fingernail Clam have been found on site. Spring breeding begins as early as February and research is conducted into June if pools persist. 

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