2012 Training Program - Segment 3
Vernal Pool Ecology and Monitoring

Vernal pool in a shrub and forested landscape


Vernal pools are considered watercourses under the Connecticut Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act. Vernal pools provide important habitat for a high diversity of organisms including species with life cycles adapted exclusively to this specific watercourse. This Segment 3 program provided a brief review of the authority Connecticut's municipal inland wetlands agencies have in relation to these unique watercourses; presented an overview of the ecology of vernal pools, including vernal pool identification in the dry season; and discussed the Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists Vernal Pool Monitoring Program.

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