To a Vernal Pool: Bethlehem Land Trust Plans Guided Walk

The Bethlehem Land Trust will open its 2021 season of events on Sunday, April 11, with a guided walk through the Bellamy-Ferriday Preserve in the center of town to a vernal pool to observe and learn about egg masses (above) deposited by wood frogs and spotted salamanders. Those seeking additional information may visit www.bethlehemlandtrustct.org.

BETHLEHEM — The Bethlehem Land Trust will open its 2021 season of events on Sunday, April 11, with a guided walk through the Bellamy-Ferriday Preserve in the center of town to a vernal pool to observe and learn about egg masses deposited by wood frogs and spotted salamanders. The two-hour program, scheduled for 1 p.m., will start at the parking area on Main Street North just above the town green and will involve an easy 10 or 15 minutes of walking to and from the pool. Boots are advised.

The spring eggs of amphibians are a feature in the seasonal body of water also known as an ephemeral pool, a type of wetlands that typically holds water in spring and summer; the absence of fish offers a safe environment for many amphibian and insect species.

As spring approaches, frogs and salamanders that inhabit the Bellamy-Ferriday Preserve have begun to lay eggs on the water’s surface and on sticks and logs floating in the pool.

The April 11 program will be led by Stuart Rabinowitz, Bethlehem Land Trust president, and Cynthia Rabinowitz, a professional soil scientist and executive director of the Northwest Conservation District, who will explain the cycle of vernal pools and discuss other wildlife encountered along the way.

The event is free of charge. Donations are accepted. Those attending must wear a mask and observe social distancing. The BLT reserves the right to refuse anyone not wearing a mask.

Other Land Trust events on the schedule include a singer/songwriter concert from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25.

Additional 2021 happenings may be found at www.bethlehemlandtrustct.org.

The not-for-profit Bethlehem Land Trust holds 24 properties totaling 359 acres in permanent preservation in town, 17 owned outright and seven in conservation easement. On four of the properties, including the Bellamy-Ferriday Preserve, the Land Trust maintains walking trails for public use.

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