Bug Hunt on Squam! Bioindicators of Water Quality

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Meet at the Squam Lakes Association, 534 US Route 3, Holderness, NH 03245. Click here for a Google Map.

Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.

This Week's Program:

When you think of aquatic organisms, what comes to mind? Fish, turtles, and perhaps algae or plankton. Lesser known is the world of aquatic “bugs” that reside in the water, such as mayflies and caddisflies. These organisms, technically known as benthic macroinvertebrates, can serve as indicator species and help us infer information about water quality. They are easily sampled and are commonly used in citizen science. Join the Squam Lakes Association on Friday, June 28th from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm for a chance to learn about these fascinating organisms as we sample different habitats around our campus!  

What to Bring: Participants should wear clothing they do not mind getting dirty, and those interested in getting in the water to sample should bring footwear that can get wet and a change of dry clothing. Participants who do not wish to get in the water are still welcome to join on shore to pick through samples and identify organisms.

Audience: All ages are welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This Week's LRCC Guides: 

My name is Alex Reiber and I'm from St. Clair Shores, Michigan. I graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit where I studied Environmental Science. I love being outside and in my free time enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, and kayaking.

SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:

Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.

Lakes Region Conservation Corps

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about the program.


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