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Freshwater Benthic Macroinvertebrate Workshop


When: December 19-21, 2016
Cost: $30.00 per person
Where: Anne Arundel Community College, Dragun Science Building, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012

The Maryland Water Monitoring Council (MWMC), Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) are sponsoring a three-day workshop on family-level identification of the major orders of stream benthic macroinvertebrates. Using stereoscopes and dichotomous keys (not provided), registrants will have an opportunity to learn how to identify these fascinating creatures that lurk under our flowing waters.

The workshop will start with an overview of the major taxonomic groups found in Maryland freshwater streams and rivers. Maryland DNR benthic taxonomists will then present taxonomic information on the most common families of Caddisflies, Mayflies, Odonates, Megalopterans, Beetles, True Bugs, Stoneflies, and True Flies. Registrants will have lots of time to practice their taxonomic skills during open sessions on Dec. 19 and 20. Experts from DNR and AACC will be on hand for assistance. On Dec. 21, registrants have the option of taking a family-level exam to test their newly-acquired knowledge. No training will be provided that day.

Space is limited. No walk-ins. Register here by December 9, 2016.