Basic Biosurvey Kit

  1. Student grade kick-net is used to collect benthic macroinvertebrates from riffle or run habitats; it requires at least two persons.  Note: Kick-nets require poles, which are not provided.  Click-Here to learn more about other types of kick-nets that can be purchased. 
  2. Box magnifiers provide 2x-4x magnification making it easy to identify to the order or class level.
  3. Magnifying loupe provides 10x magnification so more specific features can be distinguished; with practice the user can identify many common families in the field.
  4. EZ Strainer is used to help sort macroinvertebrates from buckets after the kick-net is rinsed; this devise fits perfectly into a 5 or 3½ gallon bucket and comes in a variety of mesh sizes. A 500 micron soil sieve is another option. 
  5. Larval tray is a temporary holding pan to keep the macroinvertebrates alive while they are being counted and identified; ice-cube trays are also effective.
  6. pH test strips: A wide range litmus paper for estimating pH.
  7. Featherweight forceps are very flexible, and excellent for handling and capturing delicate specimens.
  8. Turkey baster makes it easy to capture fast-moving macroinvertebrates from the larval tray.
  9. Thermometer: A non-mercury submersible type for measuring stream temperature.  
Below are additional items that are needed to complete the basic kit (Note: These items are the responsibility of the volunteer monitoring group).  Other test kits such as dissolved oxygen, nutrients or bacteria should be added as needed.  Click-Here to learn more about using water quality kits. 
  • 5-galllon bucket and smaller buckets are used to collect macroinvertebrates that are rinsed from the kick-net; also an excellent devise for carrying supplies and equipment.
  • Straight edge (36 x 2) is used to measure stream depth and velocity; velocity is determined by how much the water rises up the straight edge.
  • Open-reel tapes (100 and/or 300 feet) are used to measure stream width and determine your reach boundary.
  • Spray bottle is used to wash the strainer so that the small macroinvertebrates are easier to see.
  • Scrub brush is used to scrub cobble-size rocks during sample collections.
The approximate value of the basic kit is $250, adding additional items will cost another $50; in order to be eligible to recieve the basic kit monitoring groups must agree to and sign the MOU.