Sampling Materials and Equipment
The following materials and equipment are recommended for collecting macroinvertebrate samples from streams with rocky or gravel stream beds.
- Kick seine (a fine 3'x3' net with a 1/16" mesh and 5-6' supporting poles on each side.) See Kick Seines for information on construction or purchase of kick seines.
- White sheet (a large white plastic bag will do) to place under the kick seine when locating collected specimens. (Not necessary if the kick seine net is white.)
- Containers for holding and sorting macroinvertebrates if you plan to identify the collected specimens in the field. (White enamel or plastic shallow pans and ice cube trays work well.)
- Plastic buckets if you plan to transport the collected specimens to your "lab" for identification. (It will be easier if the buckets have lids.)
- Hand-held magnifying glasses (or magnifier boxes) to aid in specimen identification.
- Tweezers or forceps for handling specimens (optional).
- Small vegetable brushes for brushing macroinvertebrates from rocks during sample collection (optional).
- Wading boots or other tall waterproof boots and rubber gloves to wear during sample collection.
- Thermometer for recording stream-water temperature.
- Yardstick for measuring the depth and width of the stream at the collection site.
- Sample Record and Assessment Form, pencils, and clipboard
- A copy of the Monitor's Guide to Aquatic Macroinvertebrates if you plan to identify the collected specimens in the field. This booklet can be obtained from the Save Our Streams Project (See Additional Information Sources).