Spring at Flat Rock Brook
Spring has arrived at Flat Rock Brook! The resident turtles in our ponds can often be found sunning themselves on a rock or fallen branch, the Spring Peeper frogs are calling at night and the vernal pools are brimming with young amphibians.
What is a vernal pool anyhow? They are temporary ponds that fill in with water during the spring when rain is heavy and dry up in the heat of the summer. They are wonderful breeding grounds for amphibians whose young live in the water but leave for land as an adult. Given the temporary nature of a vernal pool, the young amphibians can grow up in the pool without risk of being eaten by a fish. They will then go on to live their adult lives before returning to a vernal pool to lay their eggs.
Visit Flat Rock this spring and take a walk on our boardwalk to enjoy the sights and sounds of vernal pools and spring before heading to the pond in search of the frogs and turtles enjoying a sunny day alongside you.