Vernal pools are temporary wetlands that form in small depressions in the forest during early spring. These isolated wetlands provide critical habitat for many of Ontario’s amphibians – serving as a nursery by providing an environment free from predatory fish, which allows for the development of amphibian eggs and larvae. We have launched a pilot project to map the location of vernal pools to help us better understand where these important habitats are, and to assess trends in the presence of amphibians across the landscape. This information will also be integrated into the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas to guide conservation practices and long-term monitoring. If you have observed vernal pools and are interested in participating in the project, please email us for more information.