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Friends has teamed up with the Izaak Walton League’s Virginia Save Our Streams program to offer training and certification in benthic macroinvertebrate (BMI) monitoring in March and April.  Help our community learn more about the health of our watershed and monitor its health over time by becoming a certified volunteer monitor! Volunteer monitors collect and analyze data about the small insects living in streams twice per year, in the spring and fall.

This free BMI Monitoring training will be held in three parts.  The first two instructional classes will be held online, through zoom, on Tuesdays, March 16th and 23rd from 7:00-8:30pm.  These classes will be followed up with an online BMI identification exam (open book!) and a final, on-site field session on April 10th at Seven Bends State Park’s Lupton entrance. Make sure to register below for a field session to hold your place, then attend the zoom sessions. If you are unable to attend the zoom sessions, still sign up for the field session, then email [email protected] and you will be sent the recordings to view prior.


If you have trouble accessing the registration link above, download the flyer below or contact [email protected].