Twice a year, teams of volunteers visit sites throughout the headwaters of the watershed and search for mayflies, stoneflies and other aquatic invertebrates. The presence or absence of these streambed creatures reflects the quality of the water and habitat. Friends of the Rouge uses them to track changes in the river quality over time.
Bug Hunts are held on a Saturday in the fall and in the spring. No prior experience is necessary but you do need to pre-register to be assigned to a team. Once you have attended one sampling day, you might consider increasing your level of involvement by attending training to become a team leader. Friends of the Rouge also does a Winter Stonefly Search in January,