Map #5: Upper Farmington River Potential Vernal Pools: Vernal pools are wetlands that are not wet year round and provide breeding habitats for critters like wood frogs, mole salamanders, and fairy shrimp. This is a GIS map of the potential vernal pools identified in a 5-town area of the Upper Farmington River Watershed as interpreted from aerial photos by a wetland scientist. This is not meant to represent actual vernal pools which must be identified on-the-ground and in-the-field.