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Stream Macroinvertebrate Identification Cards

High school students in career and technical education programs at the Harrold Campus of DCMO BOCES collected, identified, photographed, and designed digital identification cards of stream insects and aquatic macroinvertebrates (animals that you can see without magnification that do not have backbones). A grant from the Catskill Watershed Corporation aimed at water conservation education allowed the purchase of cameras, and other materials to carry out this project.

Students in the Conservation and Equipment Technology, and Security and Law Enforcement programs collected and identified the stream organisms from Trout Creek. Students in the Visual Communications program photographed the animals, and used the Photoshop program to edit the images. The cards were then designed by the students using the InDesign graphics program. The cards will be helpful to schools, individuals, and groups that monitor stream health by collecting and identifying stream macroinvertebrates. With declining budgets for school supplies a free source of identification cards will be helpful to high school environmental science and living environment classes across the region and further!

The digital cards are available free of charge and copyright free. Just click on the photos on the right side to download the card.

DCMO BOCES serves students with Career and Technical Education in Delaware, Chenango, Madison and Otsego counties. For more information about the project, contact Edward Engelman at; [email protected].

This project was made possible with funds from the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection

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Techniques for Photographing Macroinvertebrates  

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