The Vernal Pools of Plainfield and Hawley

Vernal pools are nature’s temporary aquatic habitats. Their peak months are April and May — and by summer, they’re gone. During their brief window of operation, these pools of winter melt serve as incubators for egg clusters of amphibians like salamanders, newts and wood frogs. Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan headed into the woods of Plainfield and Hawley with a volunteer group on a quest to certify several of these pools.