Maine Vernal Pools

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PowerPoints

The original PowerPoint presentations have been converted to pdf format to make them faster to download.

Slide1 Vernal pool ecology
Key concepts in vernal pool ecology, including, information about each indicator species and their year-round habitat requirements, and why this information necessitates creative conservation solutions to supplement Maine’s new Significant Vernal Pool regulations.
Community Identifying potential vernal pools in the late summer, fall, and winter new
Tips and clues to help determine if you have a vernal pool during seasons when indicator species are not present.  If you think you have a vernal pool it is best to revisit during the spring breeding season for confirmation.
Community Community based conservation: what is involved in mapping vernal pools at the municipal level?
Suggested process for mapping vernal pools at the municipal level and using trained citizen-scientists to field verify whether pools meet State criteria to be mapped as Significant Vernal Pools.
how to How to fill out the Municipal Vernal Pool Data Form
Step-by-step instructions for volunteers participating in Municipal Vernal Pool Mapping Projects. Slides and text correspond to questions on the data form.
MDIFW How to fill out the MDIFW Significant Vernal Pool Data Form
Step-by-step instructions for volunteers, consultants, biologists, and State employees. Slides and text correspond to questions on the data form.
ID Identification of vernal pool breeding animals
Created for the purpose of teaching field identification of pool-breeding amphibians and their egg masses, this presentation also covers other animals likely to be encountered in and around vernal pools.
TP Vernal pool trivial pursuit
Slides of vernal pool indicator species, egg masses, and examples of vernal pools in different landscape settings and wetland types may be used for testing yourself before conducting field assessments.

Training Videos

These video files are very large, please be patient.

Pools of Life - Part 1, Wildlife - Very large, high quality file
Pools of Life - Part 2, People and Planning - Very large, high quality file
Pools of Life - Part 3, Forestry - Very large, high quality file

Egg Mass Identification - Large, high quality file
This short video clip highlights the identifying characteristics of wood frog, spotted salamander and blue-spotted egg masses and suggests techniques for counting masses.

Vernal Pool Outdoor Training - Large, high quality file - sound starts a little ways into the video
This video clip highlights the key components to include in a vernal pool training session for volunteers that will be conducting field assessments.

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Compressed files for slower internet connections.

Pools of Life - Part 1, Wildlife

Pools of Life - Part 2, People and Planning (Video 1)

Pools of Life - Part 2, People and Planning (Video 2)

Pools of Life - Part 3, Forestry (Video 1)

Pools of Life - Part 3, Forestry (Video 2)

Egg Mass Identification

produced by Rylan Shook, Dweller Productions

Vernal Pool Outdoor Training

produced by Rylan Shook, Dweller Productions

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If you would like to download the movie files, here are the links. This files are "zipped" to make them faster to download. If you need a zipping program, we recommend the free program jzip - http://www.jzip.com/.

Pools of Life (Part 1 of 3)
Pools of Life (Part 2 of 3)
Pools of Life (Part 3 of 3)

Egg Mass Identification

Vernal Pool Outdoor Training

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