Fauna of Vernal Pools [F-23-18]
|Location:||SLU: Valentine 117|
|Classes:||1 Session 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Mon 4:30 PM 10/09|
Vernal pools are small ponds that fill with rain or snow-melt & then dry in the summer. The dry period ensures fish cannot live in these wetlands, & a guild of amphibians, insects, & shrimp have evolved to live or reproduce exclusively in these predator-free pools. In this presentation, we will discuss the animals that could not live without vernal pools & the creatures who choose them over other wetlands. Live reptiles, amphibians, & invertebrates may be displayed.
Dr. Kristine Hoffmann is an amphibian & reptiles conservation biologist at SLU with a weak spot for working dogs. Her own work includes research on salamander habitat, frog migration, lizard behavior, turtle populations, & development of outreach materials.
vernalpools.me is a useful webpage