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Welcome to the Ontario Vernal Pool Association

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While the main focus of this website and the Ontario Vernal Pool Association is on vernal pools and their associated wildlife, it is acknowledged that vernal pools and their wildlife are directly influenced by the health of the adjacent ecosystems and the surrounding landscapes. These unique natural heritage features cannot be protected in isolation; therefore it is essential that we address other environmental issues related to urban sprawl, deforestation, wetland losses, and the over-extraction of groundwater that threatens the viability of these ecosystems.

It is our hope that this website will help connect those naturalists, professionals, and academics that share an interest in the environment, vernal pools, ephemeral wetlands, and their flora and fauna. For those of you that are new to vernal pools, we hope that you will take the time to explore this website, and even take the opportunity to visit a local vernal pool to experience its complexity and uniqueness.

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Children have always enjoyed exploring puddles, and through this play they learn a great deal about the world around them. As we grow up, we tend to lose that connection to the natural environment around us, and we are immersed in a world of traffic jams, cell phones, e-mails, and reality television. When we become disconnected from the world we live in, we run the risk of destroying nature’s balance. This separation frequently results in disastrous environmental events as nature tries to return to a state of equilibrium. As a result, it is important to experience and understand the nature and balance of the environment we depend upon for our own sake and the sake of our children. So, take an example from your children, explore the world and those puddles around you.

Ontario Vernal Pool Association