Monitor Habitats

Stream Monitoring

Learn about local wildlife and habitats through monitoring.

Stream Team offers six different monitoring opportunities:

The information collected is useful to the Cities and the County, as well as other local resource managers to track changes in water quality and watershed health over time.

No experience is necessary. Stream Team provides all the training and materials you will need. For benthic macroinvertebrates collection and amphibian egg masses surveys, staff accompanies volunteers. For purple martin, invasive plants and shorebird surveys, volunteers do the surveys on their own after being trained.

The chart below gives an overview of when each type of monitoring takes place, how many hours for training are required and how many hours are involved in the actual monitoring. Read on to find out more information and who to contact to register for training.

 StartedWhat do they do?Volunteer CommitmentWhen is the training?Training hours
Macro-Monitoring1998Assist with collection of “stream bugs” (benthic macroinvertebrates)Monitoring takes 2-4+ hrs depending on streamLate June –early July2.5 hrs
Purple Martin Monitoring 2001Observe and record purple martin behavior at East Bay bird boxes1 hr per weekMid April-May1 hr
Amphibian Egg Mass Monitoring2012Survey for salamander and frog egg masses along wetland edges

Each wetland is surveyed three times to capture different species use
Surveys take 2-3 hrs per survey

Survey timing: February – early April
Early to mid January6hrs total

4hr January workshop

2hr field ID February training
Shorebird Surveys2012 pilotObserve and record shorebird species / numbers in Thurston County Survey timing: Spring and fall migration. Surveys can be conducted all year. 1-2 hrs weekly/ monthlyApril: during spring shorebird migration1-2hrs
Plankton Monitoring 2012Observe and record shorebird species / numbers in Thurston County Survey timing: Spring and fall migration. Surveys can be conducted all year. 1-2 hrs weekly/ monthlyApril: during spring shorebird migration1-2hrs