Upcoming Volunteer Stream Monitoring Trainings and Events

Stream Monitoring Trainings
Citizen Science Meets the Classroom
Stream Biology Field Course
Mayfly Emergence Reporting

2014 Level 1 Stream Monitoring Trainings

Stream monitoring trainings are for anyone interested in participating in stream monitoring. There is 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.

We will be posting more events to the 2014 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.

April 22, 6:30 PM Fin 'N Feather, Winneconne - orientation session. Plus, field training, April 26, 10:00 AM - Postponed until May 10. Riverside Park, Waupaca. Sponsored by Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited River Keepers. Contact John Gremmer at jgremmer@charter.net or 920-582-7802.

April 26, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM, Spring Green. Sponsored by Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Contact Phil at admin@wisconsinriverfriends.org

May 3, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. UW-Waukesha Field Station, Oconomowoc. Sponsored by Waukesha County Land and Water Conservation Department. Contact Jayne Jenks, Waukesha County Volunteer Stream Monitoring coordinator at 262-896-8305 or jjenks@waukeshacounty.gov

May 3, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Riverege Nature Center, Newburg. Sponsored by Milwaukee Riverkeeper and Riveredge Nature Center. Contact Mary Holleback at mholleback@riveredge.us or Joe Rath at joe_rath@milwaukeeriverkeeper.org

May 10, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. Cambridge Amundson Center, Jefferson. Sponsored by Rock River Coalition. Contact Nancy Sheehan at nancy@rockrivercoalition.org.

May 13 - CANCELLED. Train the Trainer. Mazomanie Science Outreach Outpost, Mazomanie.

May 15, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Nature Nooks Retreat, Viroqua. Sponsored by Valley Stewardship Network. Contact Vicki Ramsey at info@kickapoovsn.org or (608) 637-3615.

May 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Kewaunee site TBD. Sponsored by Kewaunee Cares. Contact Bill Iwen at iwenwilliam22@gmail.com.

May 31, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Turtle Creek Parkway, Rock County. Sponsored by Rock County Land Conservation Department and Rock River Coalition. Contact Anne Miller at 608-754-6617 ext. 118.

June 7, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM. Marsh Haven Nature Center, Dodge Co. Sponsored by Rock River Coalition. Contact Nancy Sheehan at nancy@rockrivercoalition.org.

June 7, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Nature Nooks Retreat, Viroqua. Sponsored by Valley Stewardship Network. Contact Vicki Ramsey at info@kickapoovsn.org or (608) 637-3615.

Stream Biology Field Course

Are you interested in learning more about Wisconsin's streams and the life within them? Then consider joining us for Stream Biology Field Course - a three-day hands-on training opportunity for adults to learn more about local stream biology. Wisconsin experts will be joining us to teach you about native and exotic aquatic plants, mussels, fish, marcoinvertebrates, and more in this field-based and fun-filled event in the Northwoods on July 16-18, 2014. The event will be held at Trees For Tomorrow, a natural resource specialty school in Eagle River.

This event is intended for adult attendance, though teens are welcome if they are attending with an adult.

Confirmed trainers include:

Lisie Kitchell, DNR Mussel Expert (mussels)
Quita Sheehan, Vilas County Lakes Specialist (aquatic plants)
Laura Herman, UWEX and DNR Citizen Lakes Monitoring Network Coordinator (aquatic plants)
Laura MacFarland, River Alliance of Wisconsin Project RED Coordinator (aquatic invasive species alongside rivers)
Sue Reinecke, US Forest Service Fish Biologist (fish ecology and identification)
Kris Stepenuck, UWEX and DNR Water Action Volunteers Coordinator (aquatic macroinvertebrates)

Plus we have invited other experts who will help you learn about fishes of Wisconsin, and possibly other exciting stream life too!

Draft agenda
Day 1 (Wednesday, July 16)
10 AM Welcome, Introductions, in-class hands-on activities
NOON Lunch
1 PM - 5 PM Field training off site
6 PM Supper
7-9 PM Evening program

Day 2 (Thursday, July 17)
8 AM breakfast
9 AM-11:30 AM In-class ecology and identification training (plants and mussels)
NOON Lunch
1-5 PM Field training off site
6 PM Supper
8-10 PM Open lab (voucher collections) / networking time

Day 3 (Friday, July 18)
8 AM breakfast
9 AM In-class fish ecology and idnetificatino introduction
10:30 AM Field training off site
NOON Adjourn (lunch on your own)

The registration fee for those who wish to stay on site at Trees For Tomorrow is $125. There is also a commuter cost option of $75/person. There will also be optional reference materials that participants can opt to purchase or not. Prices and a reference materials list will be determined and shared with registrants prior to the training.

The $125 will cover 6 meals (lunch and supper on day 1, three meals on day 2, and breakfast on day 3), and 2 nights of lodging at Trees For Tomorrow. As it sounds like, the $75 commuter fee covers meals, but no lodging. Attendees staying on site are asked to bring their own bedding and towels/wash cloths, etc. If attendees would like Trees For Tomorrow to provide linens, there will be an additional charge per set.

There is a $50 non-refundable deposit for all registrants. Please contact Carol Olson (carol@treesfortomorrow.com or 715-479-6456) at Trees For Tomorrow to register, or visit: http://www.treesfortomorrow.com/index.php/programs/adults

An optional graduate credit through Viterbo University is available for those interested in this option. The cost for this is $110.

Citizen Science Meets the Classroom

Join scientists and educators from the Department of Natural Resources for a week of citizen science. Learn about citizen-based monitoring and how you and your students can get involved in citizen science.

Monday, June 23 - Stream monitoring
Tuesday, June 24 - Birds and herps (frog, turtles) and Snapshot WI
Wednesday, June 25 - Invasives and lake monitoring
Thursday, June 26 - Mussels and dragonflies; additional resources
Friday, June 27 - Class presentations and successful programs

Cost: $50. Two credit course option has been applied for through Viterbo at $110 per credit. Thanks to a generous donation from the Dutton Foundation the Viterbo credits, Project WILD activity guides and a variety of equipment will be paid for by the grant. View more detailed course information >> (pdf file)

If interested, contact: Carrie Morgan at 608-267-5239, Carrie.Morgan@wisconsin.gov for registration material and a class agenda. Limited to 30 participants.



Mayfly Emergence Reporting

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 mark_steingraeber@fws.gov) 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 mark_steingraeber@fws.gov), 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!

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