Of vernal pools and salamanders
Ah spring! The snow melts, spring rains fall, and vernal pools form in the forests around Concord. And, life is reborn – so head to the woods and look out for the 12 species of salamanders and 10 species of frogs that use these pools and call NH home. Local amphibians lay their eggs in vernal pools, where their youngsters are able to grow in relative safety.
Vernal pools are spring puddles that provide a wet habitat. By summer they are gone. But to many local species of amphibians and invertebrates, these vernal pools are essential for breeding. Some species, like Blanding's and spotted turtles, can use vernal pools for foraging or mating too.
As a city surrounded by forests, Concord is a great place to explore the woods of spring. Here are some of our favorite places to explore!