Vernal Pools

Vernal pool at Lincoln Woods

At winter's end, woodland hollows and low areas flood, creating temporary isolated pools. The resulting vernal pools fill with melting snow, spring rain, runoff, and rising groundwater. The pools provide seasonal habitat for amphibian and invertebrate species with life cycles that have adapted to these rich temporary habitats. Learn More

Vernal pools are extremely vulnerable to development. They are often overlooked when wetlands are identified on development sites because in many months these areas are dry and resemble the surrounding woodland. Learn More

Catch a glimpse of a magical and critical part of the seasonal cycles of New England at one of our wildlife sanctuaries. Learn More