Winter is a great time to learn about life in our streams. The Audubon Naturalist Society sponsors a water quality monitoring program focused on benthic macroinvertebrates, small creatures that live in the streambed. From January to April 2019, we will be offering a full series of stream science classes open to anyone who wants to learn more about life in our streams.

Explore stream science in an introductory class on Tuesday, January 22, with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by examination of preserved specimens with microscopes.

For a more in-depth understanding of aquatic life, take advantage of our five advanced classes in insect family identification:

Beetles, Megaloptera & Water Bugs: Tuesday, January 29 
Caddisflies & Aquatic Moths: Tuesday, February 5
Dragonflies, Damselflies & True Flies: Tuesday, February 12
Mayflies, Tuesday: February 19
Stoneflies & Review: Tuesday, February 26

Later, on Saturday, March 30, enjoy a field workshop at a stream to practice monitoring and identification skills. And on Tuesday, April 2, learn how to assess stream habitat for aquatic life.

All classes except the field workshop will be held at the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

For more information and to register, click here.