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Oec Vernal Pool Programt D. Celebrezze

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