Tag: macroinvertebrates

Stream School at Middlesex High School, Oct 20-21

Ever wonder how you can determine if your local stream is healthy or polluted? Are you already a stream monitor but want to expand your toolbox of skills? Do you wonder what data your watershed group can gather to help better protect or restore streams in your communities? Or are you new to the water world and just curious about the insects and critters that live in your local stream, and want to get involved protecting them? If any of the above applies to you, then join us October 20 & 21 for Stream School 2019!

This year’s stream school is coordinated by The Watershed Institute, with support from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and will be held at Middlesex High Schol: 300 JFK Drive, Middlesex, NJ  08840.

Topics covered:
 Physical and Biological Aspects of Stream Ecology and the River Continuum Concept
 Biological Sampling Techniques, Demonstrations, and Hands-On Training
 Macroinvertebrate Identification and Taxonomic Keys
 Regional Resources highlighting the new Biological Metric for Volunteers

This two-day interactive classroom and field workshop will help participants learn about stream health by examining the critters that live there year-round and call it home. You will learn how to collect and count these critters and turn that information into a health report for your local stream. You will receive effective methods to take action with this information to protect your stream if it is healthy, or to document harm and pollution to help clean it up if it is not.

Follow the link to register: thewatershed.doubleknot.com/event/stream-school/2411173

Co-sponsors: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Watershed Institute & the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership.


Macros Sampling Demo & Fall Walk in Rutgers EcoPreserve

Join the LRWP, our Watershed Ambassadors, and Rutgers Professor Richard Lathrop (Director of the Rutgers University Ecological Preserve and the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative) for an afternoon ramble and macroinvertebrate sampling demonstration in Rutgers EcoPreserve.

We will be sampling in Buell Brook, a headwater stream that flows through the Rutgers University Ecological Preserve before emptying into the Raritan River in Johnson Park. The EcoPreserve serves as a natural teaching area and outdoor recreation hub with over 7 miles of trails. Buell Brook’s riffles and pools provide habitat for such fishes as black-nosed dace, creek chub and American eels. Immature eels, known as glass eels, migrate up the river and seek refuge in these smaller tributary streams.

We will meet at the kiosk across from the Business School on Avenue E. Park in the gravel lot near the Business School (100 Rockafeller Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854) or in the RAC parking lot and cross over Avenue E.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear that can get wet.

To RSVP: hfenyk@lowerraritanwatershed.org