|To provide us
with their monitoring results, volunteers either send in a response card each
month or answer similar questions in an e-mail message. They fill in
information including their name, location, and date, and then answer
questions such as Do you still have the trap? Did you see anything in the
mesh? Do you need a new mesh? Do you need educational materials?
most important question is How many people have you talked to this month
about zebra mussels? Remember, we consider this an educational activity first
and foremost, so we want our volunteers to talk to their family, friends,
neighbors, and colleagues about sampling and invasive species.
|Once every three
months, we try to send out additional information that volunteers might find
useful, including an update on zebra mussel distribution, any new sightings,
and descriptions of other invasive species. Here’s the newsletter we sent out
in January 2003.