Volunteers will be back in the Cedar River this spring to determine the river’s water quality. Little Forks Conservancy is seeking volunteers for a stream sampling day on Saturday, May 13.
Volunteers will meet at the Gladwin Community Building at 9 a.m. Teams will sample 6 sites in the Cedar River in Gladwin and Clare Counties.
Little Forks Conservancy began monitoring the water quality of the Cedar River in fall of 2015. “This project provides a great opportunity for citizen scientists to learn about the importance of using macroinvertebrates to monitor the health of a watershed,” Elan Lipschitz, Little Forks’ director of land conservation, said.
Macroinvertebrates are animals without a backbone that can be seen with the naked eye. These bottom-dwelling animals include crustaceans and worms but most are aquatic insects.
Experienced volunteers will act as team leaders and collectors, working in the streams to ensure quality samples are acquired. Newer volunteers will assist their team leaders with sorting and transporting the samples. The sample sites are located along the river, including a particular site that involves a short hike.
Lunch and snacks will be provided thanks to a donation from Meijer.
Volunteers will need to be able to walk on uneven terrain and in forested areas to reach the collection points. This project is intended for volunteers over age 8; however, no specific experience is necessary to assist the team leader and the collector.
Lipschitz added, “Each time our volunteers complete a monitoring event, we create a more complete picture of the health of the Cedar River.”
Volunteers can also help identify the samples on Monday, May 15 at 6 pm at the Little Forks office (105 Post Street in Midland). “
For more details or to sign up, contact Andrea Foster at 989.835.4886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.