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Free Macro-Invertebrate Training

(ages 12 and up, under 18 with adult)

Free Macro-Invertebrate Training Sunday, May 6, 2018 1:00pm -3:00pm Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center 331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731 Cost: Free This is a special introductory opportunity for teachers, students, members of local environmental organizations or other interested folks to discover how to monitor water quality using just nets to examine aquatic macro-invertebrates, which are animals without a backbone that can be seen with the naked eye. These bottom-dwelling animals include crustaceans, bugs, beetles, flies and worms. They are an important link in the food web between the producers (leaves, algae) and higher consumers such as fish. This will be a hands-on program to discover the bizarre creatures beneath the surface of a freshwater system while determining the health of a waterway based on assessments used by NJ Department of Environmental Protection. We will have a short PowerPoint presentation as an introduction to the importance of stream monitoring and then we will go into a local waterway and perform both a visual and biological assessments. All equipment will be provided, including hip boots. Please dress to get dirty. Please pre-register for the event by calling Sue Provost at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center 732-751-9453. Please contact Joe Reynolds, senior park naturalist, with any questions at (732) 787-3033, ext 2#.