The Living Stream: How Aquatic Insects Tell Stories

By Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (other events)

Saturday, June 10 2023 8:30 AM 5:00 PM EDT

Aquatic insects are used as sentinels of water quality and whether it is January, June or October, stream insects are thriving and able to communicate the status of the health of a stream – if we are listening. Dr. Wallace will discuss stream ecology and aquatic insect trophic relationships sharing insights on how to identify them and characterize the quality of a local stream. He will demonstrate methods to sample aquatic insects, sort them for identification purposes and help attendees compare two streams to determine a snapshot of the water quality in these streams.

Participants are required to bring a pair of wading boots.

Instructor: Dr. John Wallace, Professor of Biology and Co-Coordinator of the Watershed Education Training Institute at Millersville University of Pennsylvania

All participants receive training certificate. No experience is required, other than ability and gear for hiking rocky terrain on Hawk Mountain trails. Housing or camping on site may be available for an additional fee. For more information, contact Dr. Laurie Goodrich at 570-943-3411 ext. 106 or [email protected].

$100, $75 for Members and Students
Limited to 10 participants.

This course is part of Hawk Mountain's Appalachian Field Institute workshop series, featuring 1-to-3-day field-oriented workshops designed for the amateur or professional naturalist (ages 18+) who are interested in learning more about the natural history and ecology of the central Appalachians. Certificates of completion will be provided to all attendees.

Scholarship opportunities are available via our IDEA Fund. Contact Laurie Goodrich at [email protected] to inquire.