Did you know that 51% of forested property in Michigan is owned by family foresters?
That's a lot of vernal pools! The partnership is developing educational materials for forest owners on how to care for their vernal pools. If you own forested property, we'd love to connect with you. Click below!
Vernal pools are a great way to learn about conservation and ecology! We want to feature some of the awesome work being done by students (and recent graduates!) in furthering vernal pool research, conservation, and education.
Liam, Chloe, and Nicolette: MNFI's Huron Pines Americorp members
If you participated in the VPP training this year, you might have had the pleasure of meeting Liam Daniels, Chloe Smith, and Nicolette Sexton! This team helped facilitate and lead the 2023 Vernal Pool Patrol trainings and outreach events. Across the season, they were essential in helping to teach macroinvertebrate identification at field trainings, creating resources like Survey 123 training videos and egg mass and invasive species identification handouts, and giving presentations on the VPP across the state. Thank you Liam, Chloe, and Nicolette!
Makayla Parks, MSU Glassen Scholar
Makayla Parks is a 2023 Michigan State University Glassen Scholar, who just completed an internship at the Michigan Nature Association. Makayla is studying Environmental Studies and Sustainability, with a career path working in environmental policy. During her time at MNA, Makayla applied her policy research skills and produced a white paper that summarized vernal pool policy issues across the region. The MVPP can use this white paper to communicate the need for increased vernal pool protection and conservation. Congrats on a successful internship, Makayla!
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The mission of the Michigan Vernal Pools Partnership is to increase awareness, understanding and protection of vernal pools through conservation, research & mapping, education & outreach and collaboration.
The Vernal Pool Patrol is a place-based education program consisting of classroom instruction and data collection in the field. Members learn how to follow a standard protocol to help identify and map locations of vernal pools within their local communities.