Diving into Vernal Pools at McDuffee Creek Nature Preserve

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Diving into Vernal Pools at McDuffee Creek Nature Preserve

April 29, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, and the Michigan Vernal Pools Partnership at the new 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.

This event is a chance to learn more about vernal pools, the unique critters that depend on them, and the Vernal Pool Patrol Project while visiting a new nature preserve.

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

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April 29, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


McDuffee Creek Nature Preserve
11510 N Walnut Ave
Bitely, MI 49309 United States
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