|This common stonefly has a very |
low tolerance for pollution, so finding
one is an indication of good water quality.
|Healthy vernal pools can be identified by the presence of |
wood frogs (Rana sylvatica) and spotted salamanders.
This is an egg mass of wood frogs found in a vernal pool
in the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter RI.
This blog is intended to explain how any why scientists measure the things they do. We will be meeting with researchers, watershed organizations and scientists throughout the Narragansett Bay Region who are studying the natural environment and how it changes over time in the face of human intervention and climate change. By conducting sound science, we are able to make informed decisions about development, restoration and management of our natural environment.
We hope this blog will help citizens understand the science behind the decisions made by local, state and federal organizations with regards to protecting and preserving the natural environment.