Despite chilly weather, Rocky Fork vernal pool event still a success

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Mark Dilley and Jenna Odgard assisted with the Vernal Pool Extravaganza event, held on March 11 at Rocky Fork Metro Park. Though the weather was less than ideal for a wetland exploration, the event was a huge success, with many families and individuals coming out to learn about the wonders of vernal pools. Our team worked alongside Mick Michacchion from the Midwest Biological Institute, and several Metro Parks Naturalists to guide the group through an emergent marsh and a constructed vernal pool to retrieve funnel traps and look for signs of life in early Spring. Attendants were thrilled to see mole salamanders and wood frogs that braved the frigid temperatures to visit their seasonal breeding sites!