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Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center

Main Project Information
Presented By United States Geologic Survey
Goal Track Colorado River emergent insect populations
Task Collect samples of adult life stages of aquatic insects
Where Colorado River, Glen Canyon, Arizona

Collecting samples of aquatic insects from the remote Grand Canyon segment of the Colorado River is challenging and extremely expensive. We seek citizen scientists to help us collect samples of the adult life stages of aquatic insects that are emerging from the Colorado River in Grand Canyon using simple light traps that are set out each night in camp. We will provide sampling gear and notebooks.

How to Join

Contact Ted Kennedy (

Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike
Class Materials None
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags adventure, aquatic insects, biodiversity, biology, citizen science
Project Updated 05/23/2018