Fairy shrimp, wood frogs and spotted salamanders seem like mythical creatures, but these are some of the real animals that depend on vernal pools. Come learn about these ephemeral wetlands that are full of water in the spring and dry out over the summer at a talk titled “Vernal Pools our “Backyard” Ecosystems”.  It will  be presented by Ian Ives, Director at Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture, Ashumet, Barnstable Great Marsh & and Skunknett River Wildlife Sanctuaries at the Oyster Pond Environmental Trust (OPET) Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 6th at 7pm. The talk and meeting will be held at the Falmouth Artists Guild located at 137 Gifford St. Falmouth.  All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

OPET will be protecting two vernal pools on the 22 acre Headwaters of Oyster Pond land we are purchasing.  Vernal pools provide critical habitat for frogs and salamanders to breed and lay their eggs in the spring.  It is fortunate that not only can OPET protect these two vernal pools once this land is purchased, but also the forest where these critters live the rest of the year.