Vernal pools provide a distinctive breeding site for many semi-aquatic amphibians and invertebrates found at Whittemore. Also known as ephemeral pools or temporary woodland ponds, vernal pools are characterized by their unique ability to temporarily retain water during specific times of the year. Increased rainfall, rising groundwater, and snow melt typically cause the vernal pond to fill with water during the spring and remain filled into the early months of summer.
This seasonality of vernal ponds makes it an extremely desirable breeding ground for many amphibians and invertebrates because their young species and eggs can develop in the absence of fish that prey on their eggs. Species of frogs and salamanders have specifically adapted to breed in these pools during the spring so their young have the ability to develop in water and mature into adults before the pool dries up by late summer
Whittemore Preserve was bequeathed to Tewksbury Township by the beloved Helen A. Whittemore. She was a nature lover and diarist who wanted her land and house to be preserved so that others may be awed by the natural world and inspired by its beauty to preserve it.
Whittemore Preserve includes Whittemore House and 11 miles of trails for hiking, dog walking, and horseback riding. Trails traverse mainly wooded areas with wetlands, ravines, and hilly terrain. The sanctuary also serves as the perfect stage for birders and nature lovers to view local avian species and other wildlife.
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