The original PowerPoint presentations have been converted to pdf format to make them faster to download.
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.
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.
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.
These video files are very large, please be patient.
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.
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/.