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    Upcoming Stream Science Classes at Audubon Naturalist Society — Registration now open!

    Stream Science Classes at Audubon Naturalist Society
    For 25 years, ANS has been teaching the natural history of aquatic ecology and training volunteer stream monitors who track the health of our region’s streams. Learn from the experts: study stream science in our introductory classes, and you just might be inspired to become a stream monitor yourself! Our advanced classes are perfect for those interested in deepening their knowledge about biological stream monitoring and are taught by our Maryland Biological Stream Survey-certified instructor Cathy Wiss. Our classes are great for fly fishermen, citizen science program or team leaders, aquatic resource biologists, and anyone interested in monitoring and understanding stream health. 
    Registration & Fee Information
    Registration required. The classes are open to anyone 10 years and older.Prices for all classes are $15 Members/$25 non-members. Learn more and register at anshome.org/stream-science-classes/.
     
    Introduction to Stream Science Series
    Healthy Stream Biology Classroom Session – Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD (7-9:30 pm); Thursday, January 25 (Section A) & Thursday, March 15 (Section B) (Both sections A & B cover the same material)
    In the classroom, we will explore how “benthic macroinvertebrates” — organisms that live in the bottom of our streams – help us assess the streams’ health. We will learn how to identify these organisms to the taxonomic level of order through a PowerPoint presentation and by examining preserved specimens through a hands-on session with microscopes.
    Field Workshop (Ten Mile Creek, Boyds, MD) – Saturday, March 17 (9:30 am – noon)
    In the field workshop, we will visit a stream to practice monitoring techniques and to collect and identify the benthic macroinvertebrates we find.
    How to Read Your Stream – Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD; Thursday, April 5 (7-9:30 pm)
    Learn about the influence of land uses on streams, stream character and dynamics, bank erosion, bar formation, substrate composition, different velocity-depth regimes, and the importance of riffles and riparian vegetation.
     
    Advanced Series: Aquatic Insect Family ID**
    Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD (7-9:30 pm)
    Session A: Beetles, Megaloptera & Water Bugs – Thursday, February 1
    Session B: Caddisflies & Aquatic Moths – Thursday, February 8
    Session C: Dragonflies, Damselflies & True Flies – Thursday, February 15
    Session D: Mayflies – Thursday, February 22
    Session E: Stoneflies & Review – Thursday, March 1
    Learn how to identify aquatic insects to the taxonomic level of family through this series of five classes. Identification to family level greatly enhances our understanding of stream ecology and the power of our monitoring data.
     
    Learn more about our Stream Science Classes and register atanshome.org/stream-science-classes/.
     

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    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring (field workshop)

    In the field workshop, we will visit a stream to practice collecting benthic macroinvertebrates and identifying those we find. Registration is required. Please go to https://anshome.org/adults/ to register.

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    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring (classroom session)

    The Audubon Naturalist Society sponsors a volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program for benthic macroinvertebrates. Find out how these small organisms that live on the bottom of our streams help us assess stream health and learn how to identify them to the taxonomic level of order. The classroom session will begin with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by examination of preserved specimens. Registration is required. Please go to https://anshome.org/adults/.

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    New Classes in Water Quality Monitoring with the Audubon Naturalist Society

    Classes are open to everyone interested in learning more about our streams and the creatures that dwell within them. To register, go to http://anshome.org/index.php/nature-programs/water-quality-monitoring/water-quality-classes

    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring
    Find out about monitoring!

    Classroom Session
    Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
    Section A: Tuesday, January 24 (7-9:30 pm)
    Section B: Thursday, March 16 (7-9:30 pm)
    Fee $15, waived for Audubon Naturalist Society members and students earning SSL credit
    In the classroom, we will explore how benthic macroinvertebrates – bottom-dwelling boneless creatures – help us assess the health of local streams and learn how to identify these organisms to the taxonomic level of order by examining preserved specimens. Registration required.

    Field Workshop
    Sunday, March 19 (1-4 pm) site TBA
    Fee $15, waived for ANS members and students earning SSL credit
    In the field workshop, we will visit a stream to practice monitoring techniques and then collect and identify the macroinvertebrates we find. Registration required.

    Aquatic Insect Family ID
    Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD (7-9 pm)
    Section A: Tuesday, January 31 – Caddisflies
    Section B: Tuesday, February 7 – Beetles & Megaloptera
    Section C: Tuesday, February 14 – Dragonflies, Damselfies & True Flies
    Section D: Tuesday, February 21 – Mayflies
    Section E: Tuesday, February 28 – Stoneflies & Review
    Fee $15 for each section, waived for Audubon Naturalist Society members and students earning SSL credit
    Deepen your benthic macroinvertebrate identification skills to the taxonomic level of family through this series of five classes. Identification of these organisms to family level greatly enhances the water quality assessment power of our data and gives us a better reading of aquatic insect diversity. Registration required.

    Macroinvertebrate ID Review & Quiz
    Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
    Section A: Thursday, March 9 (6:30-9 pm)
    Section B: Saturday, March 11 (9:30 am-12 pm)
    Section C: Tuesday, March 14 (6:30-9 pm)
    (Sections A, B & C cover the same material)
    No fee
    Time to separate the stoneflies from the mayflies! Those who wish to be certified to identify macroinvertebrates in the field must demonstrate their ability annually by taking a quiz using preserved specimens. Those who do not take the quiz may still be assigned to a monitoring team to assist with data collection and other field logistics, but only those who have taken and passed the quiz will identify macroinvertebrates for data recording. Registration required.

    How to Read Your Stream
    Tuesday, March 28 (7-9:30 pm)
    Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
    Fee $15, waived for Audubon Naturalist Society members and students earning SSL credit
    Learn about the influence of land uses on streams, stream character and dynamics, bank erosion, bar formation, substrate composition, different velocity-depth regimes, and the importance of riffles and riparian vegetation. This class is recommended for anyone who plans to participate in the ANS water quality monitoring program and is a good refresher on habitat assessment for experienced monitors. Registration required.

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    Water Quality Monitoring Classes

    The Audubon Naturalist Society will be offering classes in benthic macroinvertebrate identification and water quality monitoring techniques at Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, Maryland. The fee is $12 per session, but is waived for students earning SSL credit or for members of the Audubon Naturalist Society. Go to http://anshome.org/index.php/nature-programs/water-quality-monitoring/water-quality-classes for more information and to register.

    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring

    Classroom Sessions: 7-9 pm, Thurs., Jan. 21, and 7-9 pm, Wed., March 16 (Each session covers the same material.)
    In the classroom, learn to identify benthic macroinvertebrates to the taxonomic level of order by examining preserved specimens. Discover how they help to assess the health of local streams.
    Field Workshop: Sunday, March 20 (1-4 pm) site TBA 
    In the field workshop, visit a local stream to practice monitoring techniques and to collect and identify macroinvertebrates.

    Aquatic Insect Family ID   
    Learn to identify organisms to the taxonomic level of family, which greatly enhances the assessment power of water quality data and gives a better reading of aquatic insect diversity.

    Beetles & Megaloptera: 7-9 pm, Thurs., Jan. 28
    Caddisflies: 7-9 pm, Thurs., Feb. 4
    Dragonflies, Damselflies, & True Flies: 7-9 pm, Thurs., Feb. 11
    Mayflies: 7-9 pm, Thurs., Feb. 18
    Stoneflies & Review: 7-9 pm, Thurs., Feb. 25

    Macroinvertebrate ID Review & Quiz (no fee; optional for all except ANS team leaders)

    6:30-9 pm, Wed., March 9
    6:30-9 pm, Thurs., March 10
    9:30 am-12 pm, Sat., March 12

    How to Read Your Stream

    7-9:30 pm, Thurs., March 17 
    Learn about the influence of land uses on streams, stream character and dynamics, bank erosion, bar formation, substrate composition, different velocity-depth regimes, and the importance of riffles and riparian vegetation.

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    Classes in Water Quality Monitoring with the Audubon Naturalist Society

    The Water Quality Monitoring Program of the Audubon Naturalist Society will be offering classes in benthic macroinvertebrate identification starting April 29. All but the field workshop will be held at Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Classes are open to everyone. The fee for each class is $12, but will be waived for members of the Audubon Naturalist Society and students earning SSL credit. Please use the registration form at http://anshome.org/images/EE/registrationform.pdf to register.

    For more information, go to http://www.anshome.org or call Cathy Wiss at 301-652-9188, ext. 19 or 202-664-3810 (cell).

    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring:

    Classroom Session, Wednesday, April 29 (7-9 pm)
    Explore how benthic macroinvertebrates – bottom-dwelling boneless creatures – help us assess the health of local streams and learn how to identify them to the taxonomic level of order.

    Field Workshop, Saturday, May 2 (9:30 am-12:30 pm) site TBA
    Visit a stream to practice monitoring techniques and then collect and identify the macroinvertebrates we find.

    Aquatic Insect Family-Level ID, Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD (7-9 pm):

    Section A: Wednesday, May 6 – Caddisflies
    Section B: Wednesday, May 13 – Beetles & Megaloptera
    Section C: Wednesday, May 20 – Dragonflies, Damselfies & True Flies
    Section D: Wednesday, May 27 – Mayflies
    Section E: Wednesday, June 3 – Stoneflies & Review
    Quiz: Wednesday, June 10 (6:30-9 pm, no fee)

    How to Read Your Stream, Wednesday, June 17 (7-9:30 pm)
    Learn about the influence of land uses on streams, stream character and dynamics, bank erosion, bar formation, substrate composition, different velocity-depth regimes, and the importance of riffles and riparian vegetation.

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    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring Workshop

    For over 20 years, the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) has conducted a Water Quality Monitoring Program at stream sites in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Washington, DC.  We collect benthic macroinvertebrates (organisms living in the substrate, like aquatic insects) and identify them to the taxonomic level of family.

    Learn how these organisms help us assess the health of local streams and how to identify them to the taxonomic level of order during this Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring workshop.  The workshop will be held this Saturday morning, September 6, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Black Hill Regional Park in Montgomery County. We will start with a presentation, followed by a visit to a stream to collect and identify benthic macroinvertebrates.  FREE for ANS members and students earning SSL hours, $12 for nonmembers. Registration is required: http://www.audubonnaturalist.org/images/EE/registrationform.pdf.  

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