Vernal pools are wetlands that fill up annually but typically dry out during part of the year. These seasonal wetlands dot Ohio’s natural landscape. These small wetlands fill with spring rain and snow melt, coming to life with a plethora of sounds and sights every spring, only to disappear each fall.
These complex systems evolve rapidly over a few short months. There are many different shapes and sizes to vernal pools throughout Ohio, but they all have two things in common: they do not permanently hold water and they have no fish.