Slide Show Index


The following slide programs have been written and developed by students at Reading Memorial High School as part of the course work within Biology or Field Biology classes. The slides used are from the set of slides provided within the resource kit, Diving Into Wicked Big Puddles. These scripts are also part of that kit. Because of their widespread use and popularity, we are presenting here a web version of the slide programs. (Thanks to Steve Biller, Laura Viegas, and Mark Logsdon for their massive help with the HTML coding and information input for these pages.)

How to Certify Vernal Pools (53 slides). This script and the following one both cover essentially the same topic although from different perspectives. Both provide an overview of vernal pool natural history with an emphasis on the importance of vernal pools to the forest ecosystem. The certification procedure is discussed with emphasis on the photographic evidence required for certification. This script and the others on this page were written in 1996 using the next script as a model. (Written by Mark Maguire, Debbie Maguire, Scott Green, and Mike Larimore.)


How to Certify Vernal Pools (50 slides). This script and the preceeding one both cover essentially the same topic although from different perspectives. This script provides an overview of vernal pool natural history with an emphasis on the importance of vernal pools to the forest ecosystem. The certification procedure is discussed with emphasis on the photographic evidence required for certification. This script is the original Vernal Pool Association program as written in 1995 as part of a grant from the Sweet Water Trust to produce a slide program for teachers. (Written by Nicole Lanthier)


Mole Salamanders and vernal pools (47 slides). This script provides a natural history of new England mole salamanders with an emphasis on their use of vernal pools for breeding. Vernal pool ecology is discussed as it involves the mole salamanders. (Written by Scott Green.)


Vernal Pool Ecology for the Naturalist (not yet available)(57 slides). This script provides an overview of vernal pool natural history. It is written in a conversational tone for the non-specialist who already has an appreciation of nature and wishes to learn about vernal pools. Protection is mentioned but not in any detail. (Written by Dave Kieran, Jen Cushing, Beth Orozoco, Christine Vaccaro, and Eric Rulison.)


Why Vernal Pools Are Important to You (not yet available) (41 slides). This script provides an overview of the importance of vernal pools to various organisms. Individuals are encouraged to become involved in efforts to identify and certify vernal pools so as to preserve these ecosystems for the organisms which use them. (Written by Jennifer Cushing.)


What Is That Oversized Puddle in My Backyard? (18 slides). This script provides a quick overview of the breeding habits of animal species necessary for a wetland to be considered a vernal pool. It concludes with mention of the diverse organisms living in a New England vernal pool. (Written by Laura Viegas as a student in grade 9 biology.)

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