[Fosc] Aquatic Insect Monitoring Team Presents on Wed., 5/16, 7 p.m. Dimond Library

Kimra McAfee coordinator at sausalcreek.org
Mon May 14 15:48:28 PDT 2012

Don't miss hearing from FOSC's aquatic insect monitoring team leaders 
Travis Peterson and Kathleen Harris this Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Dimond 
Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue.  Their talk is entitled "Bugs Know Best: 
What insects can tell us about the health of Sausal Creek."  We'll start 
the meeting with a brief update on the restart of FOSC's water quality 
monitoring program.

Travis will talk about basic creek ecology, why we do bioassessment 
using benthic macroinvertebrates, and the basics of insect larva 
structure.  Kathleen will discuss the five different families of insects
that we see most in Sausal Creek--where they live and what they do for a 
living.  We can look at samples under the microscopes that Holy Names 
University is lending us.  A flyer is available at 
http://www.sausalcreek.org/pdf/FOSC_Member_Meeting_Flyer.pdf .

*Travis Peterson *is a geographic information systems (GIS) analyst.  He 
has worked in a number of industries, including environmental services, 
engineering, and renewable energy.  His work is usually focused on a 
holistic approach to solve or mitigate complex issues.  He began 
studying aquatic insects at Portland State University and spent his 
junior and senior year taking every class that was offered on insects, 
biological monitoring, and aquatic ecology.  His studies at Portland 
State University culminated in the award of a grant to complete an 
honors thesis to study the effects of human activities on the aquatic 
insect community.  Travis enjoys being outdoors, especially exploring 
new places.  "Whenever I find myself in a creek, I always flip over a 
rock to see if I can identify what insect is living underneath."

*Kathleen Harris *worked for 40 years in cell biology and biotechnology 
before retiring in 2010.  She lives about four blocks from Sausal Creek 
and plans some of her retirement activities around protecting her 
favorite neighborhood spots on the creek.  On the first Sunday of each 
month you'll find her co-leading FOSC's aquatic insect monitoring 
program.  On the second Sunday of each month, Kathleen leads volunteers 
in liberating native plants along the Bridgeview Trail.

Please invite your friends and neighbors.

Thank you to the volunteers who make possible our monitoring programs!


Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
Friends of Sausal Creek
P.O. Box 2737
Oakland, CA 94602

ph:  510.501.FOSC (3672)
e-mail: coordinator at sausalcreek.org
web: www.sausalcreek.org

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