Adventure Ecology Program: Using Bugs to Estimate Water Quality

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Adventure Ecology Program: Using Bugs to Estimate Water Quality

Who’s Invited: All ages

Location: Squam Lakes Association Headquarters

Time: Friday, August 7th, 10 AM-12 PM

Registration is Required: Email or call 603-968-7336 to sign up.

Description of Program:  

Participants will look for and catch insects within the water and make a list of the different species that they find. The group will keep track of how many species they can find as well as the number of individuals of each species. That information will then be used to make an assumption about how high the water quality is in the area through bioindication.

Your Guide: Ryan Mahar, SLA Intern
 My name is Ryan Mahar, and I am a junior at Bates college where I am studying Biology. I have a passion for wildlife, especially anything that's creepy or crawly.

SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips: Every Friday from June 26 and through August 14, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs that are open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are being presented by the Squam Conservation Interns who spend their summers on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association’s mission.

Upcoming Adventure Ecology Trips:

Squam Conservation Internship: The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission.  This unpaid volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities.  Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Learn more about the internship program here.