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Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze
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  • 1. Vernal Pool Monitoring Workshop Wildwood Preserve MetroPark March 14, 2009 David R. Celebrezze Director of Air & Water Special Projects
  • 2. The OEC The Ohio Environmental Council advocates for healthy air, land, and water to make Ohio a better place in which to live, work, and play.
  • 3. This is a space for a photo or graphic or more text.
    • Registration/welcome
    • OEC’s Vernal Pool Program
    • Oak Openings hotspot
    • Photographing invertebrates
    • Blanding’s Turtle and other turtles
    • Lunch!
    • Vernal pools-group protection
    • Vernal pools at the state level
    • How to monitor
    • Field trip
    • Conclusion
    Overview
  • 4.
    • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    • The Joyce Foundation
    • MetroParks of the Toledo Area
    • Friends of Wetlands
    • Ohio EPA
    • Toledo Zoo
    • The Nature Conservancy
    Thank you! The Joyce Foundation
  • 5.
    • Great Lakes Restoration
    • Ditches
    • Wetlands
    • Ohio River
    • Statehouse
    OEC’s Water Program
  • 6.
    • Raise awareness of vernal pools and the links that make it an integral part of a healthy ecosystem and improve quality of life.
    • Ohio Vernal Pool Partnership (w/listserv) (www.ovpp.org)
    OEC’s Water Program
  • 7.
    • Original around 5,000,000 acres
    • Acreage lost: 4,517,200
    • Less than .05% of Ohio is now wetlands
    Wetlands- Historical Aspect 90+%
  • 8.
    • Draining for agriculture
    • Poorly planned developments
    • Ignorance:
      • Vernal pools are dry by summer’s end
    Main Culprits
  • 9.
    • Every 5 years the Agency reviews the rules that govern how a permit to impact a wetland is issued/denied.
    • The OEC participated in the many wetland and stream external advisory groups
    • The good:
      • Performance standards for mitigated wetlands
    • The bad:
      • No avoidance language
    • The ugly:
      • Many wetlands are mitigated outside the watershed
    Solutions: Ohio EPA 401 proposed rules
  • 10.
    • Compensatory mitigation program
    • Developers who destroy a wetland must replace them
    • Focused on vernal pools to increase their numbers
    Solutions: Ohio’s Vernal Pool Mitigation Program
  • 11.
    • What animal that relies on vernal pools is considered to be the “coldest” animal on the planet (outside bacteria and crustaceans)?
    Vernal Pool Quiz #1 Photo: ODNR
  • 12.
    • Seasonal wetland that are separated from other bodies of water
    • Usually dry up by summer’s end
    • NO FISH!!
    • Meet hydric soil, hydrology, flora criteria
    What is a vernal pool?
  • 13. Better definition A mini ecosystem that plays out every spring. A small but dynamic, wetland that fills with water, blossoms with life and hosts a cacophony of sounds and a plethora of life forms every spring, only to disappear into the forest floor every autumn. Who lives or uses a vernal pool?
  • 14. Who lives in a vernal pool?
    • American Bullfrog
    • Wood frog
    • Green frog
    • Northern Leopard frog
    • Pickerel frog
    • Gray Treefrog
    • Spring Peeper
    • Spadefoot toad
    • American toad
    • Fowler’s toad
    • Spotted salamander
    • Marbled salamander
    • Blue-spotted salamander
    • Jefferson salamander
    • Re-spotted newt
    • Four-toed salamander
    • Redback salamander
    • Northern water snake
    • Eastern garter snake
    • Ribbon snake
    • Spotted turtle
    • Wood turtle
    • Blanding’s turtle
    • Snapping turtle
    • Eastern painted turtle
    • Eastern box turtle
      • Caddisfly
      • Predacious diving beetle
      • Crawling water beetle
      • Water scavenger beetle
      • Whirligig beetle
      • Common green darner
      • Black-tipped Dragonfly
      • Yellow-legged meadowhawk
      • Common baskettails
      • Frosted whiteface
      • Four-spotted Skimmer
      • Backswimmers
      • Water boatman
      • Water scorpion
      • Giant water bug
      • Water strider
      • Fishfly
      • Mayfly
      • Chironomid midge
      • Phantom midge
      • Mosquito
      • Springtails
      • Water mites
      • Amphipod
      • Isopod
      • Fairy shrimp
      • Clam shrimp
      • Ostracod
      • Daphnia
      • Copepod
      • Amphibious snails
      • Fingernail clam
      • Horsehair worm
      • Planaria
      • Leech
      • Aquatic oligochaete worms
      • Swamp white oak
      • Sweet pepperbush
      • Three-way sedge
    Photo: L. Lee Cerny
  • 15. Who lives in a vernal pool?
      • Tussock sedge
      • Viburnum
      • Water lilies
      • White oak
      • White pine
      • White spruce
      • Willows
      • Winterberry
      • Withered, wild raisin
      • Yellow birch
      • Sedges
      • Sensitive fern
      • Sheepberry
      • Sheep laurel
      • Silver maple
      • Smooth alder
      • Stinging nettle
      • Speckled alder
      • Swamp loosestrife, walter Willow
      • Alders
      • American elm
      • Arrowwood
      • Atlantic white cedar
      • Balsam fir
      • Beggar’s-ticks, stick-tights
      • Birches
      • Black ash
      • Black willow
      • Black spruce
      • Bladderwort
      • Bluejoint
      • Box elder
      • Bulrushes
      • Burreed
      • Buttonbush
      • Cardinal flower
      • Catbriar
      • Cinnamon fern
      • Eastern cottonwood
      • Green ash
      • Hemlock
      • Highbush blueberry
      • Leatherleaf
      • Maleberry
      • Manna grasses
      • Marsh fern
      • Northern white cedar
      • Pin oak
      • Pitch pine
      • Poison ivy
      • Pondweeds
      • Red maple
      • Red spruce
      • Reed canary grass
      • River birch
      • Rushes
      • Mallard Duck
      • Wood Duck
      • Raccoon
      • Canada Geese
      • Snow Geese
    Photo: Ray Stewart
  • 16.
    • Flood control
    • Mosquito control
    • Improves water quality
    • Educational opportunities
    • Recreational opportunities (photography)
    • Habitat to hundreds of species
    • Carbon sink
    • Improves property values and quality of life
    Functions and Benefits
  • 17.
    • Team up with local watershed group (www.ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/groups/) and/or county soil and water conservation district (www.dnr.state.oh.us/soilandwater/default/swcds/default/tabid/9093/Default.aspx)
    • Check out National Wetland Inventory
      • - www.fws.goc/nwi/
      • - Click on “wetlands mapper”
      • - Next “Go to wetalnds mapper”
      • - Click on map of the US
    How to find a vernal pool Photo: ODNR
  • 18.
    • County Auditor’s office
      • Lucas County:
            • http://maps.co.lucas.oh.us/areis/areis.asp
            • Write property owner a letter
    How to find a property owner
  • 19.
    • What animal that occasionally uses vernal pools is considered the smelliest animal on earth?
    Vernal Pool Quiz #2
  • 20.
    • Monitoring
    • Online database-www.theoec.org
    • Curriculum-grade and high school
    • Land owner brochure
    • Educational DVD
    • Potential vernal pool mapping-Franklin County with Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District-model?
    OEC’s Vernal Pool Program
  • 21.
    • Bring cell
    • Wading boots/chest waders
    • Camera
    • Pencil/notepad
    • Frog and toad call cd
    • Thermometer
    • Notice any wind or rain
    • Try not to make a big disturbance
    • Share findings with land owner and OVPP!
    Monitoring http://skreened.com/ohiovernalpoolpartnr/i-heart-vernal-pools
  • 22.
    • What animal is considered the best “water walker” on earth?
    Vernal pool quiz #3
  • 23.
    • Threats to Protection
    Vernal Pool DVD
  • 24.
    • Contact local watershed group
    • Join the OVPP listserv
    • Stay on top of legislation and take action on it by signing up for the OEC’s Action Alerts at www.theOEC.org.
    • Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/OVPPOEC
    • Skreened.com
    How You Can Get Involved 1207 Grandview Avenue, Suite 201 Columbus, OH 43212 (614) 487-7506 OEC @theOEC.org www.theOEC.org

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