Come join us at a vernal pool in northern Baltimore County! We will spend the evening searching for critters that leave their comfortable winter hideouts to engage in their spring nuptials. They include Wood Frogs, Spotted Salamanders, Red-spotted Newts, and of course, Spring Peepers. And there are plenty of other species to see at night in the spring. Let's hope for lots of spring rains to fill the vernal pools! We'll meet in the parking lot on the corner of Mt. Carmel Road and York.
Trip Leaders: Nick Spero, Tim Hoen
Price: Free to all, but please feel free to give us a donation! And if you are not a dues-paying member, please consider becoming one.
A few notes:
While we want everyone to have a great experience, we don't want to damage the habitat, and we certainly don't want to hurt the little critters we love so much. So we ask that participants do not enter the vernal pools. We will have nets to collect from the edge and aquariums to observe everything we find. Please help us out by listening to the trip leader!
Dress for the cold, wear shoes/boots that you don't mind getting muddy, and bring a flashlight if you want to search the edges. The pool is close to the road so there is no significant walking involved.
We will meet at the Hereford Plaza Shopping Center parking lot and drive to the vernal pool location from there. Please be on time. If you are lost or are running late, please call Joe at 443-520-5219.
I don't care what the calendar says, spring starts when the frogs start calling!