1. By George Hammond
    January 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm | permalink

    Darn. The Huron River Watershed Council is sending out volunteers tomorrow to look for some special stream insects. These stoneflies are good indicators of water quality, and are only active at this time of year. We’d rather the water was low, for safer and easier sampling.

  2. By Linda Diane Feldt
    January 28, 2012 at 9:00 am | permalink

    I forgot that was today. Yes, the river was a bit high at Barton, and from there to Argo. The second photo is geese on ice, near lots of open water. Far less ice than normal – perhaps that will help the count?

  3. By George Hammond
    January 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | permalink

    I think the lack of ice did help, we’ve had past years where ice prevented teams from sampling their sites at all. My team didn’t find many of the special winter stoneflies at either site, but we may have found a very rare type of stonefly at once site, a species that lives mainly, or only, in streams fed by groundwater. There was watercress growing in the same little streams.

  4. By Linda Diane Feldt
    January 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm | permalink

    That’s great news, George. Weird weather, but adaptable bugs.