Upcoming Volunteer Stream Monitoring Trainings and Events
Stream monitoring trainings are for anyone interested in participating in stream monitoring. There is little or no cost for most of the trainings, but we do ask that you contact the local planner and pre-register so that they have an idea of who and how many to expect.
At these trainings you learn to monitor temperature, streamflow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using WAV methods. New this year! Some trainings may only cover streamflow monitoring and/or macroinvertebrate monitoring. This is to encourage more people to monitor these aspects of stream health and keep an eye out for some key aquatic invasive species.
We will be posting more events to the 2015 training schedule soon! Generally trainings are held on a Saturday in April or May, in locations across the state.
If you would like to schedule a training in your area, contact Kris Stepenuck.
May 2, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Paoli. Sponsored by the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association. Contact Wade Moder at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. UW-Waukesha Field Station, Oconomowoc. Sponsored by Waukesha County Land and Water Conservation Department. Contact Jayne Jenks to register at: 262-896-8305. >> Agenda and directions
May 2, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg. Learn how to assess the water quality of a stream or river near you from Riveredge and Milwaukee Riverkeeper staff. Volunteers will be taught how to identify aquatic invertebrates and do five tests. Monitors conduct tests monthly during the summer and submit their data on a statewide website. Call Mary Holleback at 262-416-1224 to register. Fee: Free ($5 Donation Appreciated)
May 9, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Macroinvertebrate monitoring training only! Nature Nooks Retreat, Viroqua. Sponsored by Valley Stewardship Network. Contact Vicki Ramsey at email@example.com or (608) 637-3615.
June 6. Time TBD. Alma (44.412766, -91.911937). WAV monitoring training in conjunction with Trout Day. Sponsored by Buffalo Couny. Contact Brooke Muhlack at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
July 18. Time TBD. Albany. Sponsored by Grande Cheese and the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association. Contact Pat Cardiff at email@example.com to register.
Mark Steingraeber of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking volunteers to keep an eye out for Hexagenia mayfly emergences along the Upper Mississippi River this summer. First off, here is a report from summer 2012 when the peak emergence date was June 23 (pdf file).
To participate this year, see this reporting form (pdf file) for details, as well as his tips below:
Please remember to:
1) call or email Mark (608-783-8436 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to let him know of your intent to observe and record mayfly emergence events from Mississippi river pools in 2013 as soon as possible;
2) call or email Mark at the office(608-783-8436 or email@example.com), day or night, to report each emergence event you encounter throughout the season;
2) update your initial observations several hours later as mayfly abundance may change hourly during the day/night;
3) record all requested information and additional comments you would like to make (e.g., wings clear or opaque; insects swarming in the air or resting on vegetation) on the attached data sheet;
4) continue recording and reporting mayfly emergence events throughout the summer; and
5) return all of your emergence observation records to Mark by September 1st.
Photos of emergence events are always welcome!