Volunteer - Winter Stonefly Search

Help us find some special winter stoneflies!

These underwater creatures elude most predators by growing during the winter months when most fish are more sluggish. They live only in good quality streams so searching for them tells us about problems in the river and its streams. The reason that we at HRWC do stonefly searches is to use their presence as a sign of healthy streams.

For more information about stoneflies check out this article.

To help in the search for stoneflies join a small group of volunteers to search a selected stretch of stream or River for stoneflies. You will be working with experienced researchers in the collection of stoneflies. They will guide you through how we determine the health of the stream or river you are visiting.

Children are welcome to attend but each one must be attended by an adult.


WHERE:  Start at the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, and then go out to 2 stream sites somewhere in Livingston, Oakland, and Washtenaw Counties.

WHEN:  Saturday, January 23, 2016, but you must register. There are 2 starting times: 9:00 am or 10:30am. Takes about 4 hours, approximately half of that outdoors.

DEADLINE: Register by January 19, 2016.

NEXT STEPS: Fill out the registration page for the time and general area that you desire to work in.

1. 9 AM. Downriver – Ypsilanti and Flat Rock

2. 9 AM. Western Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.

3. 9 AM. Oakland County.

4. 9 AM. Washtenaw and Livingston Counties

5. 10:30 AM. Washtenaw and Livingston Counties. 

FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Jason at jfrenzel@hrwc.org