May 27, 2023
This wetland was restored in August of 2016. Prior to restoration, it appeared to be a natural wetland that was partially drained by the construction of a ditch and the installation of buried drain pipes. Wood frogs would lay eggs in the pool when it held water for a few weeks in the spring, but the water would not stay long enough for the tadpoles to grow into froglets that could leave the pool before it dried. In the years since the pool was restored, we now have wood frogs and spotted salamanders successfully using the pool, which holds water until later in the summer. The tadpoles now have enough time to grow legs and lungs and leave the pool to find homes in the adjacent upland forest where they will spend most of their time as adults.
Photos submitted to Chronolog help us document how this restored wetland matures over time. Learn more about seasonal wetlands at Vernal Pools of Pennsylvania, and learn more about wetland restoration in this Vernal Pool Restoration Webinar.
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