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Science On Tap – Vernal Pools: Hidden Treasures of Biological Diversity
March 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dr. Mary Beth Kolozsvary, Siena College
Date: Tuesday, March 26
Location: Brown’s Brewing | 417 River St. | Troy, NY 12180
Vernal pools are small, shallow ephemeral wetlands that undergo periods of drying and inundation. These pools are typically found in forested areas and are isolated from permanent waters, and lack predaceous fish. When these pools fill with water in the spring and early summer, they are teeming with life, providing important habitat for many invertebrate and amphibian species. Unfortunately, vernal pools are subject to many threats and declines in their associated biological communities have become a concern in recent decades. The small size and dynamic nature of vernal pools results in gaps in regulatory protection and, thus, creates challenges in their conservation.
Learn about the importance of vernal pools and current research that is being done to better understand their role in forested ecosystems. Mary Beth has studied vernal pools for several years, focusing on their ecology, conservation, and policy issues. Join us to learn about the importance of these unique habitats and newer approaches to conservation that are beginning to emerge.
As always, Science on Tap is free and open to the public. All are welcome, including those 21 and under.