Harpswell’s Habitats

Vernal Pools

By Ed Robinson The snows of winter, and the rains of mud season, are vital parts of the process for recharging unique bodies of water known as vernal pools (from the Latin word “vernus” meaning “of Spring.”). A vernal pool is a small, seasonal pothole or wetland that forms in a shallow depression over bedrock […]

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Salt Marshes

By Ed Robinson Wetlands that occur along the seashore, where salt water regularly flows in and out with the tides, are known as salt marshes. These marshes are some of the most productive natural habitats on earth, and they play a vital role in protecting the water quality of the surrounding ocean. They can be […]

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