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Maryland Biological Stream Survey at Hood College

The Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies sponsored the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual Summer Maryland Biological Stream Survey training which was held at Hood College last week, May 27 – 30. More than fifty people from the DNR, Versar, and other environmental service organizations attended the training to learn more about freshwater taxonomy and stream sampling protocols.

Each day was filled with presentations by representatives from the DNR and biology professors. Trainees learned how to identify freshwater shellfish, herpetofauna, plants, and fish in the field. Many of the participants became certified taxonomists in these areas as well as certified Crew Leaders for stream survey sampling.

The training concluded with a field demonstration of a complete stream survey in Baker Park. The team caught fish by electrofishing, identified them, and then returned them to the creek. The pictures below are from that stream survey in Carroll Creek. The crayfish in the lower left is an invasive species to Maryland, Orconectes virilis. The two fish in the lower right are two different species of Sun Fish: a native Redbreast Sunfish and a non-native Bluegill. Overall the training was a great success and the staff at the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is looking forward to working with the DNR again in the future.DNRtrainingRoblox Free Unlimited Robux and Tix

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