| April 14
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Join us for a vernal pool exploration at Lake Accotink, led by Mike Hayslett, a passionate and dedicated champion of these special habitats! This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a lovely spring day in nature, learning about some of our intriguing neighbors like fairy shrimp and spring peepers and spotted salamanders!
We will meet in the lower parking lot at Lake Accotink, below the dam. Youth welcome! Please dress for the weather. Some areas will be muddy, and there's possibility of ticks and poison ivy, so long pants and boots are recommended.
Mike Hayslett (Virginia Vernal Pools LLC), a state expert on vernal pools, is conducting an inventory of vernal pools in Fairfax County, as part of an initiative by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Vernal pools are seasonal wetlands, rare ecological features that provide essential habitat for a variety of living beings, including frogs and salamanders. They are vulnerable to a variety of threats associated with human impact, and this inventory will support efforts to monitor and protect them.