, Salem, MA

April 5, 2013

Quick pick

The Salem News

---- — It’s a ‘big night’

Tomorrow night is a “big night,” according to Mass Audubon Society’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn why during an hourlong guided walk along the sanctuary’s Vernal Pool Trail. The program will re-create the magic of “Big Night,” the first warm, rainy night of spring when wood frogs and mole salamanders begin a mass migration to vernal pools where they’ll breed. At various locations along the walk, participants will meet live animals and interesting characters who will share facts and stories about themselves and vernal pools. The trail will then lead attendees to a real vernal pool where more animals and their eggs can be seen. Refreshments and surprises will wait in the barn after the walk. The program is suitable for families with children ages 4 and older. Groups will leave every 10 minutes between 6 and 7 p.m. The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 87 Perkins Row in Topsfield. The cost is $9 per person and $7 for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration is required and can be done by calling 978-887-9264.