Vernal pool walk on Earth Day

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Discover the habitats and critters of vernal pools. Stock photo.

WESTMINSTER, Vt. – Saturday, April 21 is Earth Day. What better way to celebrate the bounty, fragility, complexity, and interconnectedness in the natural world than by taking a guided walk to examine some vernal pools and the fascinating creatures that depend upon them for survival and reproduction! Becky Chalmers, wetland ecologist for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, will lead this family-oriented program from 10 a.m. to noon. She’ll discuss the different animals found in vernal pools and Vermont’s rules to protect those special places and their inhabitants. Last year’s discoveries included fingernail clams, fairy shrimp, spotted salamanders, and wood frogs.

All ages are welcome and should wear waterproof boots. Meet at Westminster West Church at 44 Church Street in Westminster to carpool to the mystery site. No bug repellant is allowed on your hands if you wish to handle creatures that we find. Please register at 802-869-1166 or at chalmersbecky@yahoo.com or wilsonupaul@gmail.com. Check www.windmillhillpinnacle.org closer to the event to make sure there is no change in the meeting location or to learn about other free programs offered by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Look on the website under resources for directions to the church.

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