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Watershed Watch Community Science

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  1. Watershed Watch Community Science
  2. Watershed Watch Methods
    Introduction & What is a Watershed?
    1 Quiz
  3. How Do I Collect Watershed Health Data?
    How to Measure Stream Chemistry?
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  4. What is an Benthic Macroinvertebrate, How to Sample, What do they tell us about Watershed Health?
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  5. How do we Measure the Health of Riparian Areas
    7 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  6. How to Measure Streamflow?
    5 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  7. How to I Turn My Data Into Action?
    How to organize and interpret my data and develop findings?
  8. How to make a community presentation with my findings?
  9. How write a watershed management plan?
  10. We Calibrate Because We Care! ~ How to maintain and calibrate equipment
  11. How can I find work in the field of watershed science?
  12. How can I influence policymakers and turn my data into action?
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Put entire bolus in a sampling tray. Sort through the sample tray and pick out as many organisms as you can. Then sort them into a clean sample tray for easy identification. If the water is too cloudy, re-rinse the material. If there is much debris redistribute the sample into several trays. Retrieving insects is most efficient in a tray with clear water and a relatively white background for good contrast. As you carefully and systematically move bugs and debris from one side of the tray to the other remove each organism. Pay special attention to collect even the tiniest invertebrates. Allow adequate time to perform sorting making sure that at least 100 individuals are sorted. Identify major groups of Invertebrates and sort into corresponding petri dish. Utilize magnifying tool if required to see and identify smaller invertebrates. Time to get curious about what is alive in your river!