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
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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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