Attention Bug Watchers: Announcing DRA’s New Lower Deschutes River Hatch Survey App!

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Photo by Rick Hafele

We are proud to announce the release of DRA’s new Lower Deschutes River Hatch Survey App! This app is easy to use on any smartphone, and allows users to easily gather and upload information on aquatic insect hatches in the Deschutes River. We hope you’ll add it to your phone today, and use it to help us more fully understand aquatic insect populations and hatch timing on the lower Deschutes.

Since 2013, DRA has collected macroinvertebrate hatch data from river guides who documented the presence and abundance of major adult aquatic insect hatches during their guide trips on the lower Deschutes. These survey results have been collected and analyzed in annual reports, which can be found on our website. This hatch data provides essential information about changes to the river’s insect community, as well as important insights about the overall health of the lower Deschutes River ecosystem.

This year, DRA has partnered with Trout Unlimited to create an app to make the survey process more streamlined and user-friendly, and we want your help collecting data! The app can be added to your phone’s home screen, data can be collected even when you’re out of phone service, and we’ve added photographs and other features to ensure the app is easy to use and data collected is accurate.

We will host a training session and kick-off for the app on Sunday, March 24 in Maupin, and all are invited (see details below). In the meantime, we invite everyone to access the app and familiarize yourself with its features. A guide to the survey, including how to access it and a brief tutorial, can be found here. The training session will answer all your questions about how to use the app, how to identify the major hatches, and a summary of past results. 

DRA Hatch Survey Kick-off and Training
Sunday, March 24, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Maupin American Legion Hall
311 Deschutes Avenue
Lunch Provided!

 Please RSVP for the event by emailing Krista at krista@deschutesriveralliance.org. We’ll see you there!

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Pale Evening Dun. Photo by Rick Hafele.

 


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