Find insects, crayfish and other small river creatures

Volunteer team at Roundup
Volunteer team at Roundup. photo by Eric R Bassey

Saturday, October 6

Join a small team with your friends and family for a unique activity in the River Roundup. Collect a sample of the bugs and other creatures (benthic macroinvertebrates) that live in our streams .  Like canaries in a coal mine, these creatures tell us how healthy the river is.

Trained volunteer collectors take you to two stream sites, where you help them search through stones, leaves, and sediment.  They go in the water, so you won’t get wet.  The amount of life  in our fresh water is amazing.  Volunteers meet in Ann Arbor and then go to two sites; one may be near their home.  You must register early to be assigned to a team.

Children are welcome to attend with their own adult.

WHERE: Meet in Ann Arbor.  Then car pool to two streams in Livingston, Oakland, Wayne and/or Washtenaw Counties.

WHEN: Two times: October 6, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, or 10:30 AM to 5 PM

DEADLINE: Registration closes on October 3, 2012.

NEXT STEPS: First time volunteers, please fill out the basic information form and the registration form.  Returning volunteers, please fill out the registration form only.

1. First time volunteer form

2. Event registration form

MORE INFO: Please email Jason at

PHOTOS and STORY: See a similar story from last winter here or see photos here.