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This illustrated virtual talk by Bruce Fellman focuses on amazing life in the temporary wetlands known as vernal pools.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Time: 4 p.m.

Virtual Program.

A Look at the Remarkable Life of a Part-time Pond

Vernal pools are magical and temporary fresh water wetlands that serve as both single’s bars and nurseries for a variety of frogs, salamanders, and invertebrates, all of which have evolved to prosper in a pond that, for at least a portion of the year, will become a dry hole. The part-time nature of these vernal pools, rules out the presence of fish, and their absence, along with the habitat’s impermanence, sets the stage for a fascinating cast of hardy animals and plants, some of them found only in the vernal pool environment. In this virtual program, we’ll meet the animals and plants that thrive in temporary waters. With increasing development and the rapid change in our climate, we’ll also chart the uncertain future of these wondrous places and leave plenty of time for questions.

Environmental photojournalist, naturalist, and teacher Bruce Fellman has spent more than half-a-century getting his feet wet as he documents the vernal pool environment. He’s written about these habitats and the scientists who study them for such magazines as Smithsonian, National Wildlife, and the Yale Alumni Magazine, where Fellman served as managing editor until his retirement several years ago, as well as in his syndicated weekly natural history column, “A Naturalist’s Journal,” which has been a fixture in area newspapers since 1978. He also offers popular classes through local schools and conservation organizations on temporary pond ecology and conservation.

Photos © Bruce Fellman