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Insect Frenzy

This is the third in a series of posts by our intern Jeff  Jaureguy.

Day 3 June 27, 2016

         I was spoiled this morning with an amazing Norwegian breakfast called  a smothered omelet lefse wrap at the Norske Nook.  Who would have known this beautiful gem would be in such a small town.  We packed the car and headed out of the town of Hayward towards our next field site in Washburn county on the Namekagon River at Lat: 46.02739, Long: -92.01258.  This was a very large river about 80 m wide and had a blackish brownish color.  I ended up using a dip net the whole time scouring the river for aquatic insects.  I found a lot of caddisfly pupae and casings on the bottom of the river along with some local fish, my first catch!   The next site we collected at was in Burnett county at the St. Croix River at Lat: 46.07568, Long: -92.7077.  This location was a very large sinuous river with a dark brown color to the water.I collected samples using a beating sheet and stick in the river.I found a…

Getting Our Feet Wet

This is the second in a series of posts by our intern Jeff  Jaureguy.

Day 2 June 26, 2016 Sunday morning and still no electricity in the hotel due to the storm from the previous night.Loaded the cars and headed out to on our first field site at the Namekagon River in Bayfield County SACN.We split into two groups to explore under a bridge nearby to collect samples.I scavenged the cement wall directly under the bridge near the stream and found many dead samples of stoneflies within spider webs. After this bridge excursion we headed to the park area where there was an entrance into the river.Dr. DeWalt brought out dip nets and beating sheets and taught us how to use these tools properly to collect the insects.Dip nets are used to collect aquatic insects on the bottom of the river floor while being submerged in the water.After using the the dip net, the contents are poured into a tray to sift through and pick out the aquatic insects of varying species.Beating sheets are a diamond shaped sh…

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