Hannah Young: Stream Explorers Citizen Science Project

Hannah Young, Conservation Program Associate with Maine Audubon will talk about the Stream Explorer Program a CITIZEN SCIENCE initiative where volunteers catch, sort and report their results from probing Maine streams and rivers in search of aquatic macroinvertebrates (nymph stage trout food!).
Maine Audubon has partnered with the Lakes Environmental Association (LEA), the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Portland Water District to create the Stream Explorers program – a community science project featuring aquatic insects and what they can tell us about wildlife habitat and water quality. DEP uses aquatic macroinvertebrates as the primary indicator of stream health and as a “canary in the coal mine” for troubled waters, because they are sensitive to temperature, sediment, pollutants, and many other environmental stressors. Volunteer Stream Explorers do not need prior experience with stream surveying or aquatic insect identification. They will teach you everything you need to know and provide support to you throughout the May – October survey season as needed. Visit the Stream Explorers page for more information.

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