The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, will hold water a quality activity “Stream Insects” on Saturday, September 27, 10 am to 12 noon. Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret and Program Staff with UConn’s Kids Are Scientists & Engineers Too, will lead the program.
Streams meander through many of Connecticut’s natural habitats and play an important role in maintaining a healthy environment. While they may appear to be crystal clear, the water quality in some streams can be questionable. The presence of certain aquatic insects can be indicators of water quality as some types of aquatic life are more sensitive to pollutants than others. Join naturalist and science educator Paula Coughlin and explore a small stream to learn about a community of aquatic insects that are water quality indicators. Bring appropriate footwear for moderate hiking and boots or old sneakers that can get wet. Dress for mucking about in the stream. Special nets and waders will be provided during this family friendly activity.
The program fee is $15, $10 for Museum members. Advance registration is required. This program is for adults and children ages 5 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For registration information visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar or call 860-486-4460.