Identifying to order
What's that bug?
Follow the link to upload a photograph of particularly challenging aquatic macroinvertebrates.
The flags on the maps are based upon coordinates from field-based GPS units. GPS units have their limitations and accuracy is lost under tree canopy and even cloud cover. We have found that, particularly when we zoom in on the maps, the markers are sometimes on the wrong side of a street. If you find this to be the case there is an easy fix:
- Go to Google maps and search for the coordinates provided on the web site.
- Right click on the correct location for the flag and select whats here.
- Copy the correct coordinates and edit the site to fix them.
Templates to date
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation establishes biocriteria for streams and the resource includes a list of taxa found in Vermont [www.vtwaterquality.org/bass/docs/bs_wadeablestream2.pdf. The [http:www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/sbusop2009.pdf comparable New York list] is also an essential resource. The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) provides current taxonomic status (and correct spelling) of all of the taxa we find.
Terrestrial bug trial
We are experimenting with some generally family-level templates for pit-trapped organisms for a Saint Michael's College course. If successful we will contemplate expanding this resource.