I’m a water quality monitor for Oklahoma’s Blue Thumb project. It’s a great program that uses volunteers to collect data and assess stream health each month. As such, I spend a great deal of time at a local stream testing the water and sampling macroinvertebrates. I’ve created an inaturalist project that I’m adding to every month. I’ve made a lot of macroinvertebrate and plant observations in it, and would like to use the project for educational purposes in the future. I would also like to take my volunteer work a bit further, and branch out in my sampling methods, but I’m not sure how to go about it. I have no formal education in biology, and have not been very successful in finding good resources for amateurs. I’m here hoping that you all, with your wealth of knowledge, can give me some suggestions. Namely, does anybody have ideas for surveying aquatic/riparian macroinvertebrates in a small, suburban stream? I only have time to survey the site once or twice a month, so that may drastically limit my options, but it is what it is.
Thank you all in advance for your help!