Stream Forensics Workshop
Leaders: Matt Thatcher and Pam Jacobson
Saturday, June 19, 10am - 12pm
Barberville Falls Preserve
23 Blue Factory Road
Averill Park, NY 12018
Pre-registration is required - space is limited, so register early.
To register, click on the link below.
$10 suggested donation; any amount is welcome.
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We invite you to join us as we visit another world, the world of freshwater organisms living in our streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes. We will collect a variety of aquatic insects and do some basic field identification of these critters that call our watershed home.
We’ll talk about the basics of collecting specimens, how to identify organisms at the family level, and the niches in a watershed lead to diversity of organisms. We’ll also discuss some of the basics of stream ecology, water quality protocols, and the importance of protecting our local streams
We will meet at the Barberville Falls Preserve parking area, then take a 15-minute hike on the Ridge Trail to our collection site on the Poesten Kill. Field identification books, collecting kits, and equipment will be provided. Following careful handling and identification, the organisms we collect will be released back into the Poesten Kill.
Please bring a mask, water, a snack, appropriate footwear and layers, a cushion or towel to kneel on, and your curiosity.
To comply with collecting license requirements, all aquatic organisms will be collected by workshop leader Matt Thatcher.
Matt Thatcher, a resident of Troy, has for the past three years worked for a local biologist consultant doing water quality and biomonitoring work. Matt is a biologist technician, and is currently learning to identify insects and other macroinvertebrates that call freshwater systems home. He has a degree in Applied Sciences from the SUNY-ESF Ranger School in Wanakena, New York.