Have you ever wanted to take part in a science investigation?
BY MARK STEINGRAEBER LA CROSSE FWCO
Upper Mississippi River where they live for one or more years.
Credit: Cal Fremling, USFWS
Medical specialists often seek members of the public to voluntarily participate in trials to determine the effectiveness of new treatments and document health outcomes.
The La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) and several of its partners are likewise seeking help from those who work, commute, reside, or recreate along the Upper Mississippi River to voluntarily participate in efforts to monitor the seasonal pulse of Old Man River by observing and reporting mayfly emergence events that occur here throughout the summer.
These observations will form the core of a citizen-scientist reporting network that will document the annual geographic range and relative abundance of burrowing mayflies, sentinels of the river’s environmental health.
Learn more about burrowing mayflies and becoming a citizen-scientist mayfly emergence observer at
signs along the Upper Mississippi River, near
Stoddard, Wisconsin. Credit: USFWS
clings to vegetation along the banks of the
Upper Mississippi River, near Stoddard,
Wisconsin. Credit: USFWS