Thursday, April 17, 2014

Day 140 - Wood Frog Eggs and Life Cycles - Burlington Science Center

Every spring as the temperatures rise and the local water resources thaw, local wildlife starts to emerge and prepare for reproduction.  Amphibians travel to areas of the forect floor that have filled with water from melting snow.  These pools of water are called vernal pools.   Vernal pools provide a great food source and a safe place to lay their eggs.  They are a wonderful habitat for viewing unique 1Every year Ms. Pavlicek travels to local vernal pools in search of amphibian eggs to share with her elementary classrooms.  They are used for a variety of science curriculum connections including life cycles, characteristics of living things, adaptations and amphibian units.  Each interested classroom receives 10 eggs, food and an information packet.  The classrooms will raise their tadpoles and release them back into the vernal pool shortly after. 
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Wood frog egg masses attached to plants
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Wood frog egg mass
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Garden snake in the forest
Be sure to check out the Science Center’s video on this egg collecting excursion here.
Mrs. Anderson’s second grade class working on their observation amphibian journals.
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