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Monday, January 22, 2007

A puddle gets its due

BERLIN

The state has notified Berlin Memorial School that a large wet area behind the school has been certified as a vernal pool more than two years after students first began collecting information about the wetland.

The students, now in the 7th grade at Tahanto Regional Middle/High School, began observing the wetlands two years ago. They mapped the area and collected and identified species that lived within the pool, including wood frogs, dragonfly, mole salamanders, snails and water spiders. The students repeated the process last year with the help of another fifth grade class.

A vernal pool is a seasonal wetland covered by shallow water for variable periods from winter to spring, but which may be completely dry for most of the summer and fall. Since the Berlin pool is now certified by the state Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, it is now protected by state regulations.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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