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Photo: Christine L. Goforth
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location North Carolina
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials no

Required Gear:

soup strainer or aquarium net
a floating object - an orange, a rubber ducky, a short piece of stick
a transparency tube (we'll show you how to make one!
identification guide, data sheet, protocols (available online)
tape measure
watch or timer

Wading for Water Sticks

Help researchers learn about aquatic insects, Water Sticks!
Spot, record, share sightings of Water Sticks.

Prepare to get wet and muddy for science! We're looking for citizen scientists in North Carolina to help us learn more about the large, charismatic aquatic insects known as water sticks.

Simply find a body of water in your area, follow the protocol, and submit your data! We'll teach you how to identify the water sticks you find and how to cheaply build any equipment you don't already have (you'll have most of it). And if you don't find anything in the body of water you choose, no problem! Every bit of information helps and anything you can share is useful. With YOUR help, we can discover more about the seasonality, habitat preferences, and distribution of water sticks - together!

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