The first eggs of the season have been deposited in our vernal pools. I was hoping to see the mass salamander mating when the snow and ice melted, but it was just too cold and I was away. The first two pictures are spotted salamander egg masses. They are surrounded by jelly and are just below the surface of the water. They are white or clear, and often turn green with algae. The third are wood frog eggs, forming a floating mat on the surface of the water. Please don’t collect them yourself. They won’t survive. I returned these. And come back weekly to see what comes out when they hatch.