Wetlands and Vernal Pools of the Blue Hills: Who lives there, what do they do, and how will climate change affect these species?
Permanent and temporary freshwater wetlands are critically important communities in Southern New England. They are home to some of the most unusual and unique plant and animal species in our area. These wetlands also provide vital ecosystem services upon which we depend. In this informal talk, Rick Kesseli, Umass Biologist and Friends of the Blue Hills' Board member, will look at some of the unique creatures in these systems, discuss what they do and why they are important, and peek into the future at how human activities and climate change might impact these communities.