NORTH WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Saturdays rain forced cancellation of the Cranberry Lake Preserve Vernal Pool Investigation event, which would have uncovered evidence of this years premature spring.
Everything happened so much earlier this year. Weve seen flowers and birds appear, and the salamanders were three weeks ahead of schedule, said Taro Ietaka, the Westchester County Parks curator who hosts events at Cranberry Lake Preserve.
Ietaka had planned to take children and their families to the two pools near the Nature Lodge to hunt for larval salamanders, frog tadpoles, adult salamanders and frogs, and aquatic insects.
Now the salamanders are done mating, their eggs are in the water, and the adults have moved out," Ietaka said. "In years past theyd just be arriving. When we scheduled the program in November, we had no idea theyd be so advanced this spring.
Saturdays event may have been canceled, but spring has just sprung, and Ietaka plans to lead events the next two Saturdays.
On April 7, Seed Starting will teach children how to garden. Well provide seeds and planting material and talk about how to trick seeds into sprouting, Ietaka said. Well decorate pots to start the seeds and teach kids how to transplant them into their own gardens.
Spring Wildflowers is scheduled for April 14. Well take a walk and see the flowers that appear before the trees have leaves, he said. Well look at Dutchman breeches, skunk cabbage, anemone and hepatica. Well talk about wildflowers and how theyre pollinated and what they might be used for medicinally.
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