Vernal Pool Association
Promoting the study, appreciation and protection of vernal pools.

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Report Amphibian Crossing Data

Long term data for amphibian road crossing might be useful for future road construction and upgrades. Use this link to report amphibian migrations (Massachusetts only at this time) at any time during the year. Click here or on the image to the right. Linking Landscapes is an effort by the MA Department of Transportation, the MA Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, UMass Amherst and the Vernal Pool Association to locate amphibian crossings and roadkill hot spots. Click on "home" on the salamander page to view the other crossing data being collected.

Field GuideWant to know what creatures are in your vernal pool? Check out our Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools. This guide covers the identification and natural history of most of the vertebrates and invertebrates found in New England vernal pools. The guide is useful for other areas of the country as well. View a sample page (in pdf format) and then order your own copy from the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. VPA does not sell single copies.

Classroom Sets of Field Guides!

Classroom Special on Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools.
Our popular field guide was reprinted in June, 2009. We have set aside a quantity of field guides to be sold at a substantial discount for use in classrooms. These "educational copies" are marked "not for resale" and available only to educational institutions. Cost is $5 each (plus shipping) for 20 or more copies. Shipping for 20 copies is $11.50. Order from VPA, PO Box 2295, Peabody, MA 01960.

Big Night for Salamanders by Sarah Lamstein

On March 1, 2010, a new vernal pool themed book aimed at the younger set (5-9) was released. It is written by Sarah Lamstein and illustrated by Carol Benioff. The book is the story of a young boy and his efforts to protect salamanders on a migration night, Big Night, as they migrate from the woods to cross a road to get to their vernal pool. More information is at Sarah's website. It is available from Amazon and other locations.

More children's books are suggested at the end of our Resources page.

Our T-shirts are once again available online!

A team of VPA members has taken over online sales of our popular vernal pool T-shirts. Click on our new wood frog T-shirt to go to We have several designs in a multitude of colors. Your purchase of these shirts helps to support our mission.

Please consider donating to the Vernal Pool Association by becoming a contributing member. Your support helps us to continue our mission of educating the public, agencies, and law makers to the significance of vernal pools and their associated organisms to the ecosystem.
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Amphibian Crossing Signs
Signs for migration nights