Trout Unlimited National, Michigan Trout Unlimited, and the Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited Chapter will be holding a Stream Insect Monitoring Event on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the Algoma Township Hall, 10531 Algoma Avenue in Rockford. Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader. Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites. You don’t need any experience with stream insects to participate and all ages are welcome.
Why monitor insects in our streams? In many cases we think bugs are a nuisance, but bugs in a stream can be very useful. Stream insects are a good measure of water quality. Unlike fish, stream insects cannot move around much so they are less able to escape the effects of sediment and other pollutants that diminish water quality. Stream insects can also be easily identified.
What will you need to participate? Please RSVP to Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend. Please bring waders if you have them and dress for the weather conditions. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.