Bug Class and the Spring Monitoring Season

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Whit Morriss, who has expertly, enthusiastically & patiently guided our benthic program since its inception 8 or 9 years ago, is stepping
down. His leadership and his expertise will be sorely missed. Pete Cooper, with some help from Joe Thompson, will be taking over. (It will take at least two people to fill Whit’s waders.)

We will have a Benthic Training Class (Bug School) on:
Sunday, March 24, 2019,
from 3-6 pm at the Churchville Library.
3714 Churchville Ave, Churchville, VA 24421
Please RSVP to Pete at info@friendsofthemiddleriver.org to let us know you are coming.

For those without benthic monitoring experience, Darrell Schwalm will offer a streamside training from 3-4 pm. The inside lecture will start at 4 pm and will be finished by 6 pm.

Whether you are a newbie, would just like a refresher class, or would like to become a certified monitor, we’d love to have you. Benthic monitoring is fun–you get to play in the river, catch bugs and hang out with a great group of people.

We were hoping to do the spring monitoring sessions during the first two weeks of April but we will have problems if there is continued high water
or more rain. It will be fun to eventually actually see the bottom of the river again and to see what has happened to all those aquatic critters after the floods of last year!

Pete Cooper,  FOMR Benthic Program Coordinator