The Ohio Vernal Pool Network purpose is to provide educational resources, opportunities and experiences to further the understanding, protection and enjoyment of Ohio’s hidden wonders found in the precious seasonal wetlands we call Vernal Pools.
These special places are frequently overlooked yet contain a grand array of species diversity. We know that these wetlands often found in wooded areas contribute significantly to the health of the natural area they belong to.
This project seeks to train and recruit people to observe the condition of vernal pools by recording the plants and animals that visit or make these places their home. Many species would not exist without these seasonal wetlands. Of particular interest are the species that can live nowhere else but these temporary wetlands. Fairy Shrimp, Ambystomid Salamanders and Wood Frogs are target species since they would not exist without vernal pools.