Hilltop Montessori

For one of our labs we will be tracking the changes of our vernal pool/pond. We will track life and water level in our pond and vernal pool.

Pictures And Descriptions:

Pictures Form The Vernal Pool:

                                         A Video Of A Lot Of Tadpoles

A Red Eft
A Picture Of The Vernal Pool

Another A Picture Of The Vernal Pool

Another Picture Of The Vernal Pool

Another Picture Of The Vernal Pool

A Rotting Birch Log In The Vernal Pool

Pictures Of Our Pond:

A Bull Frog Named Blubbers

Blubbers (Bull Frog)

A Pickerel Frog
Another frog
A Tadpole

A Spring Peeper
Blubbers (Bull Frog)
Some Geese That Came To Our Pond
Another Picture Of The Geese!
Some Water Beetles


  1. Great photos! How exciting to see all the inhabitants of your pond. By the looks of it, the geese may be taking up residence for awhile. Identifying frogs in the wild can be trickier than one thinks. In particular green frogs can be difficult to distinguish from bullfrogs. And leopard frogs are easily confused with pickerels. For the green vs bullfrog dilemma, noting the presence or absence of a dorsal lateral ridge is helpful. For the pickerel - leopard frog quandary, I look at the shape of the spots. Leopard frog spots are more of an oval shape,pickerels tend to sport more rectangular-shaped spots.

  2. Besides their size, the wood frog (Rana sylvatica) and the spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) have other notable differences. While the wood frog wears a black bandit mask over it's eyes, the spring peeper has an "X" on it's back, hence the scientific name "crucifer." Your picture of the spring peeper is an outstanding example of this physical characteristic.