A Vernal Pool in Michigan teaches Great Lakes lessons

A Vernal Pool in Michigan teaches Great Lakes lessons
August 8, 2017 Mary Ellen Geist
Photo courtesy of Greg Schechter via Wikimedia

From Great Lakes Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Geist: Today, greatlakesnow.org posts the second in a series of short videos about the Great Lakes by filmmaker Aaron Martin.

Aaron is a producer and director who is dedicated to telling dramatic stories about how humans and the environment interact.

Aaron regularly produces segments on the ecology, blue economy and natural history of the Laurentian Great Lakes for Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau. Aaron also produced The Ethanol Effect, an hour-long documentary for national PBS examining the political and economic effects of producing fuel from corn, and was the producer/director of Beyond the Tap, a half-hour special on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan for PBS WORLD Channel, in addition to producing segments for the PBS NewsHourSciTech Now and Local USA on subjects ranging from a deadly disease affecting bats to underwater archaeology.

In this video, Aaron explores an educational device called a vernal pool.

Deep in the woods on the grounds of Michigan’s Leslie Science and Nature Center,  you’ll find a unique educational laboratory:  a vernal pool. Vernal pools are seasonal ponds that fill up with spring rains, and then drain away in the fall, but all summer long they offer a unique place to learn about human impacts on aquatic life and water quality. Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Now hikes through the woods in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a lesson on conservation and stewardship.


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