2018 GUIDED FIELD TRIPS
Vernal Pool Expedition and Discovery Day
Coyote Run Farm
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9 a.m.
Leader: Mick Micacchion
During the 2018 Bioblitz at Coyote Run Farm we will have some focused activity on the high quality vernal pools distributed within the mature woods onsite.
On Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Mick Micacchion (OWA Vice President) will lead an expedition to set traps that will be left in the pools overnight to collect specimens. Funnel traps are set in the water to collect salamander larvae, frog, tadpoles, and macroinvertebrates.
At 9 a.m. Saturday morning Mick will return to the vernal pools to empty the traps and examine their contents. Specimens will be brought back alive and placed in aquaria for the discovery day display which we expect to be ready to share at 11:00 a.m. Contact us HERE if you are interested in joining Mick on either of these vernal pool collecting trips.
Directions: At the main farm barn the historic ‘Tabernacle’ site, located at 9270 Pickerington Road, an educational display will be set up for everyone to examine the hidden wonders of vernal pools. This location will also be serving as the hub of the bioblitz. Parking, camping, lunch and general orientation will be taking place here. Please stop by anytime until 3 pm Saturday to see what the variety of, often overlooked, faunal diversity that can be found in these organism rich seasonal wooded wetlands.