River monitoring offered

BIG BAY – The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will hold its second season of the Salmon-Trout River Volunteer Monitoring Program. A Volunteer Training Day will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Powell Township School gymnasium in Big Bay. Participants will learn the process of habitat evaluation, information about stream ecology, and how to properly identify the macro-invertebrates that live in local waterways.

The presentation will be followed by a bag lunch along the stream provided by The Yellow Dog Watershed and many local businesses for those who RSVP in advance.

After lunch, attendees will spend the afternoon in streams with hands-on bug collecting and identification. Once individuals are trained, they will be offered the opportunity to go out and collect stream quality information at our established sites during the months of May and/or June.

No previous experience is necessary and interested people of all ages are encouraged to attend. Those who would like to participate in collecting at the river should bring waders or knee high rubber boots. Bring drinking water, an extra set of warm clothes, and rain gear. For more information, email Christy@yellowdogwatershed.org or call 906-345-9223.