Equipment Included in Your Kit

Monitoring Kit Includes:

  • Net
  • Turbidity kit
  • Nitrate/Nitrite Strips
  • 1 large magnifier (round)
  • 3 large magnifier boxes
  • 2 small magnifier boxes
  • 1 ice-cube tray
  • 3 forceps
  • 2 paint brushes
  • Several laminated bug identification cards
  • 1 Dishpan
  • Manual
  • Thermometer
  • 2 Glass vials for unknowns

Additional Equipment that you may want to check out, add to your kit or purchase:

  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Magiscope (field microscope)
  • Waders
  • Additional Magnifiers

    Taking Care Of Monitoring Equipment

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO CLEAN THE MONITORING EQUIPMENT! Please rinse out all equipment. Please return the kit looking better than when you check you checked it out.

Taking care of the net:

In the field,
be careful to not drag the net through areas with sharp vegetation. It is very easy to tear the nets accidentally. Remember the nets are not walking sticks - they should be carefully carried to the monitoring location. If your site is located so that you have to walk through thick vegetation, it is recommended to carry the net in a plastic bag.

After monitoring, use the flow of the water to help remove any algae or macroinvertabrates. Carefully inspect the net to make sure all the macroinvertebrates are set free.

Once home, please hose down the net. PLEASE SET UP THE NET TO DRY - they develop a unique smell if they dry in car trunks and other such places.

If there are any tears in the net, please report this to the equipment manager. If you are an equipment manager, please either fix the net or contact the coordinator.