Burke Ranch Conservation Bank


Vernal Pool Species Sampling

This video highlights the vernal pool species sampling at our Burke Ranch Conservation Bank. Sampling is part of the annual monitoring of the site and is required to verify the long term integrity of the preserved habitat, and to document changes from the baseline conditions at the time of establishment of the Bank. Each pool chosen for the monitoring was systematically sampled using seines and dip nets. Once information was collected, each captured larvae was quickly placed in buckets that had been filled with vernal pool water. All California Tiger Salamanders were returned back into the same environment from which they were captured after sampling ceased within each pool. We are very excited to report that a total of 30 California Tiger Salamander larva’s were recoded in just six of our vernal pools! It is a beautiful site with a thriving vernal pool species population.