While it may be hard to think of the benefits of bugs, stream insects are a good source for indicating water quality, something that is hard to do using fish. Stream insects are easily identifiable and move around less than other water creatures, allowing them to give an adequate portrayal of water conditions.
On Saturday, October 13, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, a Stream Insect Monitoring Event will be at held at the Rogue River Watershed, located at the Algoma Township Hall, 10531 Algoma Avenue in Rockford, giving you the chance to help identify stream insects. Those who sign up to volunteer will be put into monitoring groups with a team leader, and will then go to different sites on the river to collect and identify stream insects.
The morning is hosted by the Trout Unlimited National, Michigan Trout Unlimited, and Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited Chapter. All ages are welcome and no expertise is needed. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Dress for the weather and bring waders if you own them. To RSVP for the Stream Insect Monitoring Event, contact Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.