Vernal Pools in Northern NJ

Went out to explore a vernal pool complex and found Jefferson, Slimy and Spotted Salamanders as well as Bullfrog tadpoles, Green frog tadpoles and adults, a few eastern newts and some Predaceous Diving Beetles.  Calling were spring peepers and a lone leopard frog.  My favorite picture of the bunch is the eastern newt stuck in the green slime.

If your interested in learning more about vernal pools, specifically the dates at which things are happening an excellent list serve to join is vernal pool on yahoo groups.

Finding Dusky Salamanders in a Creek

David Alexander is author of the Buzz Into Action & Hop Into Action Science Curricula.  He specializes in making nature accessible to people and wildlife.  You can follow him at www.natureintoaction.com

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