During winter, the vernal pools are dry, the weather cold, and the ground covered with snow. Amphibians, with their thin skin and small mass, do not seem particularly well adapted for life in the northern latitudes, but they have shown up in the cold vernal pools of northern New England for thousands of years. Britt will discuss their peculiar annual cycle and reveal information that she has collected about juvenile wood frog dispersal when the pools begin to dry up and autumn descends. She will explain what her research has revealed about critical habitat needs for wood frogs and measures that are being considered to protect amphibians from harmful land uses.

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