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Learn to Monitor & Protect Vernal Pools

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

This virtual training (via Zoom) will provide information and resources to those interested in participating in the Michigan Vernal Pool Patrol or just interested in learning more about these important wetlands. The training will consist of three parts/sessions presented on Wednesday evenings, March 6, 13, and 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm EST. If you are interested in participating in the Vernal Pool Patrol, please plan on attending ALL 3 sessions. It is also highly recommended that you attend a field workshop (dates and registration TBD).


1) Introduction to Vernal Pools – Wednesday, March 6th – 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST what they are, their key characteristics, their ecological importance, and conservation efforts in Michigan including the Vernal Pool Patrol and how you can get involved.

2) Vernal Pool Ecology – Wednesday, March 13th – 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST overview of vernal pool ecology in Michigan focusing on plants and animals commonly found in vernal pools, how to identify them and their ecology, particularly vernal pool indicator species.

3) Vernal Pool Monitoring – Wednesday, March 20th – 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST in-depth training on the Michigan Vernal Pool Patrol program, including program components, data collection protocol, survey data form/mobile application, how to monitor and collect quality data on a vernal pool(s) in your area, supplies needed, and available resources.

Training sessions will be recorded and made available to all registered participants. Current Vernal Pool Patrol community scientists and local program coordinators also are welcome to attend the trainings if you would like to get a refresher on the training and learn about updates to the program. Participants just interested in learning more about vernal pools and/or the Vernal Pool Patrol are welcome to attend one or as many sessions as you would like!

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