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Clinton River Watershed Council Stonefly Search
February 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Winter stoneflies (Capniidae and Taeniopterygidae) are important biotic indicators of water quality. Their increasing numbers are one way we can tell that water quality has greatly improved from historical conditions in the early and mid-1900’s.
These stoneflies have natural anti-freeze in their blood, so they are able to remain active in the winter months. Reproducing in the winter allows them to avoid many predators and increase their chance of surviving into adulthood. Stonefly nymphs are extremely sensitive to water pollution and develop in cool, well-oxygenated water. The presence of stoneflies is an indicator of good water quality, and their absence in areas where they previously occurred may indicate pollution.
The Search – Each winter, teams of volunteers canvass winter stonefly populations at locations along the Clinton River and its tributaries. This fun and educational event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public – no experience required!
HOW IT WORKS
Volunteers all meet at the Clinton River Watershed Council office at 9:00 a.m. on February 17th. Based on previous experience, volunteers will receive a short training or team leader refresher to prepare for the search.
Led by Team Leaders, volunteers will split into teams to survey sites throughout the watershed to look for this thriving cold-weather creature. Team Leaders help their groups coordinate and follow site procedures to ensure that stonefly data is being collected safely and consistently.
THE STONEFLY SEARCH CONSISTS OF:
- Enjoying the water in cold weather
- Collecting samples from the river using a net
- Finding macroinvertebrates in the samples
To register, visit www.crwc.org/events/stonefly-search.