VCU Symposium Raises Awareness about the Conservation and Management of Vernal Pools
There is a local, regional and national need to raise public awareness of vernal pools – fascinating aquatic habitats that are critical for certain species of amphibians – according to preliminary data from a collaborative research effort by Virginia Commonwealth University, the College of William & Mary, state agencies and a statewide volunteer network of citizen scientists.
Many species that breed in these pools live their adult lives in forested habitat, so maintaining these ecosystems requires careful management of both the pools and the surrounding terrestrial forests in order to maintain regional biodiversity.
Top right: Anne Wright of VCU reviews findings from a collaborative study about vernal pool ecology during the Vernal Pool Party held at the VCU Rice Center. Image courtesy of Holly S. Houtz/VCU.