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Stream Forensics Workshop

with Matt Thatcher and JR Jacobson

Saturday, June 4, 10am - 12pm
(New Date!)

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.

Click here to register for new date (Saturday, June 4)

You are invited to 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.


This workshop will cover 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 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.