Past Event: March 19: StreamBlitz with UOWN
by Carla on January 18th, 2017

Roll up your sleeves, grab a net, and search for critters in Athens' streams! Dragonfly nymphs, water pennies, crayfish, freshwater clams, and more await volunteers' nets. No sampling experience neccessary as ORLT and Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN) personnel will be on hand to teach netting techniques and animal ID. This is a unique chance to visit conserved land and streams that are normally closed to the public. The event will take place on Sunday, March 19th from 1:00-4:00.

We will monitor three streams simultaneously: Boulder Creek, Noketchee Creek, and a tributary of the Middle Oconee.
  • Boulder Creek is a rocky, urban stream located near Beech Creek Baptist Church on West Broad St. It is an urban oasis.
  • Noketchee Creek is located off of Nowhere Rd in Northeast Athens.
  • The Middle Oconee River tributary is located near Burney-Harris Lyons Middle School on Tallassee Rd.
The creatures that volunteers net will be recorded to asses both water quality and stream habitat. The basic principle behind the study of macroinvertebrates is that some species are more sensitive to pollution than others. StreamBlitz is a great chance to experience locally protected land while contributing to scientific understanding. There will be three sample sites, locations TBD.

Volunteers should wear outdoor-weather appropriate clothes that can get dirty. Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended but not required. Bring water and snacks as needed. Sample sites do not have restroom facilities as they are on wooded tracts of land. Hiking over uneven terrain will be necessary to reach sample sites. ORLT and UOWN will provide all sampling supplies. You do not have to be a member to take part. All ages welcome.

RSVP to Carla at or at 706-552-3138. Please specify which site you prefer. Limit 10 volunteers per site.

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