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Bug Hunt Trainings - volunteers in the waterway

Bug Hunt Events and Training

We need your eyes, hands, and boots on the ground! No prior experience is necessary but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. All volunteers must self-screen for covid symptoms. Children eight and older are welcome when accompanied by a PARTICIPATING adult; groups limited to four people.

We really value your participation. If you do sign up, your team will be counting on you to be there.  Please only sign up if you plan to be there. If something comes up after you register, please let us know so we can re assign people to your team. 

Winter Stonefly Search
Sat. January 21, 2023 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Stonefly Refresher – Get ready for the Jan. 21 Search by reviewing why we care about stoneflies, what to look for and how to be prepared.

Thursday Jan. 12, 2023 6-7:30 pm via Zoom



If you have attended a Bug Hunt or Stonefly Search or have some experience with benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, take the next step and become a Team Leader.
Team Leaders are provided with training and guidance and are asked to be available to lead a team during the spring and fall bug hunts and winter stonefly searches.

Currently, training is being offered in a hybrid format.

Part I – Virtual Training (recorded from March 29 training)

Part I Training

Part IIField Training, waders required (we can supply) – TBD

Identification Video – please review before field training

Identification Video

Veteran Team Leaders

Due to recent updates from the statewide monitoring agency, MiCorps, all Team Leaders must be recertified to lead a team starting October 2021. To recertify, view both videos below and attend field training.