Summer is a great time to learn about life in our streams! The Audubon Naturalist Society, which has sponsored a biological water quality monitoring program for 26 years, is now offering classes in stream science and invasive plant identification. The classes are open to anyone 10 years and older. To register, click here.
Introduction to Stream Science: Healthy Stream Biology, Classroom Session
Section C: Wednesday, June 5 (7-9:30 pm)
Chevy Chase, MD
In the classroom, we will explore how “benthic macroinvertebrates” — organisms that live in the bottom of our streams – help us assess a stream’s health. We will learn how to identify these organisms to the taxonomic level of order through a PowerPoint presentation and by examining preserved specimens in a hands-on session with microscopes.
Introduction to Stream Science: Field Workshop
Section B: Saturday, June 8 (9:30 am – 12 pm)
Ten Mile Creek, Boyds, MD
In the field workshop, we will visit a healthy stream to practice monitoring techniques and to collect and identify the benthic macroinvertebrates we find.
Know Your Invasive Plants
Woodend Sanctuary (Teale Center)
Chevy Chase, MD
Saturday, May 18 (9:30 am-noon)
Invasive plants that kill or bring down mature trees can seriously alter stream health and ecosystem function. Volunteer Master Naturalist Diyan Rahaman will help you identify non-native invasive plants at Woodend and in nearby Rock Creek Park.
Registration is required for all classes: register online at www.anshome.org/adults. Prices for all classes are $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers. Waivers are available for those currently participating in the ANS monitoring program and students earning SSL credit through their school systems. Email Cathy.Wiss@anshome.org for details.