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Do you like to splash others while in the water? Do you like to fish? How about catching salamanders and red efts or crayfish? Then this might be the volunteer opportunity for you. EPCAMR is looking for volunteers who are interested in monitoring our local streams for their macro-invertebrate populations and diversity in numbers. Macroinvertebrates are the bugs (fish food) and aquatic insects that are commonly found in streams that can either be tolerant, intolerant, or semi-tolerant of pollution sources, but are great indicators of stream health, just as much as fish. So stoneflies, mayflies, and caddisflies (EPT) are just 3 indicator species that you'll find.
You will be performing rapid bioassessment protocol sampling methods taught to you by the EPCAMR Staff, where you can obtain a certification, as a Volunteer Sampler, using a kick net, D-net, and leaf pack kit. Trays, magnifying glass, bug ID charts, paint-brushes, tweezers, and ice cube trays are all that you will need and a backpack. Again, you can monitor your local streams in your neighborhood for us and provide us with the data sheets.
Parents and children are invited and encouraged to get involved.
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