Partners in Science: Collecting Benthic Macroinvertebrates

If you couldn’t tell, last week was a very busy week at NMWC. We had classes and teacher trainings, and last Sunday we made time for some good old fieldwork. NMWC is working with Dr. Pedro Chavarria at NNMU to survey benthic macroinvertebrates on the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam.

Students from one of Dr. Chavarria’s class are helping with collection and testing water quality. The river is running very low right now (55 cfs), and we were in a hurry to get out and get collecting before the water goes up. The end result was that we all braved chilly temperatures and the windy passage of a cold front, all in the name of science, and collected some great samples!

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Examining the contents of a kick net
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We took samples on transects down the river.

FullSizeRender2 We hope to repeat this collection often throughout the year.

Christy

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