Past Meetup

Night Walk to a Vernal Pool - Baltimore County

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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 Big Falls Road parking lot just south and west of where the road crosses the Gunpowder River.

Trip Leaders: Nick Spero, Tim Hoen, and Joe McSharry

Price: Free to all, but please give us a donation if you can! If you are not a dues-paying member, please consider becoming one so we can continue offering this kind of nature education: The leaders are volunteers, so your donation will go directly to support the programs, our building, and our natural history collections. All proceeds go to the Natural History Society of Maryland.

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 participants not to 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 leaders!

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.

If you are lost, please call Joe at 443-520-5219.

(I don't care what the calendar says, spring starts when the frogs start calling!)