Diving into Vernal Pools at McDuffee Creek Nature Preserve

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Diving into Vernal Pools at McDuffee Creek Nature Preserve

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Join the Land Conservancy of West Michigan and Newaygo County Environmental Coalition (NCEC) at McDuffee Creek Nature Preserve as we explore a fascinating habitat: vernal pools!

Vernal pools are unique wetlands because they are seasonally flooded and not inhabited by fish. They fill up with rain and snowmelt in spring and disappear in summer. Despite their ephemeral nature, these wetlands are hubs for biodiversity and feature a remarkable cast of invertebrates and amphibians. Fairy shrimp, fingernail clams, spotted salamanders, and wood frogs all prefer the conditions offered by a vernal pool.

Vernal pools are not well-protected wetlands under federal or state laws. Because they are small, isolated, and seasonal, they have also not been well documented in Michigan. That’s where the Vernal Pool Patrol comes in! The Vernal Pool Patrol program works with community scientists, adults and youth, and local program coordinators to identify, map, monitor, and provide data on vernal pools across the state. Information collected by Vernal Pool Patrol community scientists is submitted or entered into the statewide Michigan Vernal Pool Database and will be used to help inform and guide management and conservation of vernal pools and associated plants and animals in Michigan.

NCEC’s Katie Clark will lead us in this family-friendly, entry-level introduction to vernal pools as we learn about what natural features identify a vernal pool, the unique critters that depend on them, and how to get involved in the Vernal Pool Project.

Please wear tall, waterproof boots. Supplies are limited, registration is required to attend.

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: Parking is available on the edge of the preserve off 14 mile road (follow LCWM event signs through the gate and follow the two-track to the first field) and on the sides of 14 mile road.


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April 27
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Land Conservancy of West Michigan
Newaygo County Environmental Coalition


McDuffee Creek – 14 Mile Access
2203 E 14 Mile Rd
Bitely, 49309
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