The Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) are looking for volunteers for their annual Spring Bug Hunt on Saturday, April 30.
The event allows volunteers to see a wide variety of aquatic insects, crayfish, snails, and clams that make up the bottom of the Rouge River food supply and support the fish and turtles.
The presence or absence of these aquatic invertebrates reflects the quality of both the water and habitat of the river.
The FOTR uses all the data collected to track the changes in river quality over time.
The event begins at 9 a.m. at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center. Volunteers will be divided into teams of four to eight people and will travel to two sites to search for aquatic invertebrates.
Volunteers are asked to pre-register for the event before Friday, April 15 at www.therouge.org. Children are also welcome to participate as long as they are accompanied by an adult.