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Help Search for Insects in the Huron River

Saturday, January 17, 2015
12:00 AM
Huron River


The Huron River Watershed Council seeks volunteers for its annual Winter Stonefly Search on Winter Stonefly Search at Fleming, 2010 Saturday, January 17, 2015. Interested individuals are invited to come on their own or bring a small team of friends and family for a unique wintertime activity in the Huron River.

As part of a long-term river study, each January, HRWC looks for "winter stoneflies," which grow, feed and find their mates in the coldest months when most fish are too sluggish to eat them. Stoneflies are very sensitive to changes in water quality and habitat. Like canaries in a coal mine, they tell researchers a lot about the health of the river.

Trained volunteer collectors take each team to two of HRWC’s 70 designated study sites throughout the Huron River system, where the group helps search through stones, leaves, and sediment taken from the river bottom. All equipment is provided. Participants are advised to dress for the weather. Volunteers meet in Ann Arbor and car pool to their assigned sites; one may be near their home.

Participants must register early to be assigned to a team. Children are welcome to attend with their own adult.

DATE: Saturday, January 17, 2015
WHERE: Meet in Ann Arbor. Then car pool to two streams in Livingston, Oakland, Wayne and/or Washtenaw Counties.
WHEN: Two starting times: January 17, 2015 at 10:30AM or NOON. Takes 4 – 5 hours, only part of that outdoors.
DEADLINE: Registration closes on January 14, 2015.
TO REGISTER: First time volunteers, please fill out the basic information form
AND the registration form
Returning volunteers, please fill out the registration form only,

MORE INFO: email Jason at

All of our best to you and yours for 2015!