Spring In Freedom Forest Preserve
Spring has finally unseated winter in northern New England, and with it the creatures we have waited for are appearing in nooks and crannys, overhead, in rivers and streams. Eggs are everywhere. Here are clusters of spotted salamander and wood frog eggs, a redback salamander, and a black and white warbler greeting us from a branch above my head.
It was really wonderful to travel with a biologist last Thursday; in this case Phillip deMaynadier at Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife who was assessing the vernal pools at Freedom Forest Preserve for the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust. He is a wealth of information and as we travelled quickly from pool to pool he shared much of it in elaborate detail and depth and with a smile. Soon we will have the official results of the pool inventory but for now it suffices to say that there is an abundance of life in these woods.