PAST EVENT / April 10, 2016: Reptiles & Amphibians of Vernal Pools

April 10: Reptiles & Amphibians of Vernal Pools

Vernal pools are special habitats, created by melting winter snow and spring rains. At this time of year, they are teeming with life – they become mating and breeding pools for just a few species of frogs and salamanders.  These amphibians leave their winter hibernation in the woodlands to find mates, lay their eggs, and have their young hatch and develop in this ephemeral, watery environment.

We know that not everyone can get to a vernal pool – so we’ll bring its animal inhabitants closer to you! Please join us to discover more, and see up close, the amphibians and reptiles of Maryland’s vernal pools at our Sunday, April 10 ‘Nature Connection’.


1:15pm – Presentation by Mark Tegges “Vernal Pools and the Amphibians and Reptiles of Maryland That Need These ‘Pools of Life’ for Survival”

About Mark: He was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland and has been photographing Reptiles and Amphibians, and other wildlife since 1968. As a child growing-up on East Belvedere Ave, he would often ride his bicycle to Loch Raven or Herring Run Park to search for Herps.  He started photography with a black and white “swinger” camera his brother received for Christmas, then upgraded to a Kodak Instamatic! He attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute where he joined the Herpetology Club, and purchased his first Canon 35mm camera. He graduated from Towson State University with a Biology degree, and continues to travel and photograph wildlife in their natural environment. He has been published in various wildlife magazines and posters.

2:30pm – Presentation by Heather Cunningham on the results of the MARA project, the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas, a state-wide, citizen science project aimed at documenting the current distribution of Maryland’s amphibian and reptile species.  MARA is a five-year, joint project of the Natural History Society of Maryland and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Ongoing from 1:00-4:00 / Stop in any time and stay as long as you’d like!

  • See vernal pool amphibians up close! Depending on the hatching cycle, we may have egg masses, tadpoles, newts, wood frogs, and spotted salamanders.
  • Enjoy amphibian-related crafts and activities for children
  • Our presenters, Mark Tegges and Heather Cunningham, as well as scientists and naturalists from the Natural History Society will be on hand throughout the afternoon to answer questions and guide your explorations.