By Lauren Allen, learning scientist
On October 3, 2016 ALLARM's assistant director conducted a macroinvertebrate ID training workshop in Central PA for a local watershed group that has been monitoring their watershed for over 10 years. Volunteers in attendance learned methods for collecting, documenting their collection sites, identifying to order level and some families of aquatic macroinvertebrates, and calculating the overall pollution tolerance index score for their site. By observing these sorts of volunteer training sessions this first year of our project, will will develop a clear set of design goals and challenges for improving and expanding www.macroinvertebrates.org for use by volunteer trainers and volunteer monitors using our site and tools.
Some of the things I observed during this training included:
An interdisciplinary team