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The Role of Citizen Monitoring in Protecting Stream Biodiversity

The Role of Citizen Monitoring in Protecting Stream Biodiversity

he Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, is charged with protecting the chemical and physical health and biodiversity of the Na-tion’s waters, including streams and rivers.

Edward T. Rankin, September 26th, 2018

Disco Wasn't the Only Bad Thing about the 70s

Disco Wasn't the Only Bad Thing about the 70s

Disco Wasn't the Only Bad Thing about the 70s

Jack T. Freda, October 31st, 2017

Tree Biodiversity in Green Lawn Cemetery

Tree Biodiversity in Green Lawn Cemetery

In his 2010 book Cemeteries, author Keith Eggener “discusses the value of cemeteries as liminal space — space at the joining together of different states.

Tamara James, March 1st, 2017

Spring and Vernal Pools

Spring and Vernal Pools

Spring is slowly sneaking up on us again. Thankfully, it's time to switch our attention to the changes going on as the snow melts and everything begins to defrost.

Pete Precario, November 16th, 2016

Restoring River Herring in Maine

Restoring River Herring in Maine

MBI has sampled the fish assemblages in the lower Kennebec and Sebasticook Rivers in central Maine since 2002.

Chris Yoder, November 16th, 2016

Facing the Fear of Midges

Facing the Fear of Midges

Midges have a notable reputation among biologists. Like that one difficult family member you dodge at gatherings, many biologists (myself included) do not look forward to encounters with midges.

Cynthia Bauers, November 16th, 2016

Autumn Wetlands

Autumn Wetlands

It’s fall and wetlands have transformed in response to the reduced hours of sunlight and lower temperatures that come with the changing season.

Mick N. Micacchion, November 16th, 2016

Where are Ohio's Vernal Pool Amphibians in Winter?

Where are Ohio's Vernal Pool Amphibians in Winter?

It is winter, very cold, snow covers the ground, and ice is on lakes, streams, ponds, and wetlands, including vernal pools.

Mick N. Micacchion, January 22nd, 2018

Admin Day in the Field

Admin Day in the Field

Admin Day in the Field

Julia Meeker, September 11th, 2017

Intimidating Beauty

Intimidating Beauty

I find things like the Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) fascinating and beautiful. I admit that the idea of having one crawl up my arm does not appeal to me...

Jim Lane, November 22nd, 2016

Streams in Winter

Streams in Winter

As we are seated in our well-heated homes or by a roaring fire-place this winter, we may wonder what is happening in our local small streams and in particular to the fish and other organisms...

Edward T. Rankin, November 16th, 2016

MBI Releases New Primary Headwater Data

MBI Releases New Primary Headwater Data

Analysis of the Probabilities of the Classification of Small Headwater Streams as Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) and Warmwater Habitat (WWH) in Southwest Ohio

Edward T. Rankin, November 16th, 2016

National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2013-2014

National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2013-2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states, and tribes are conducting a nationwide survey of the condition of the nation’s rivers and streams.

Zach Amidon, November 16th, 2016

A Retrospective on the Clean Water Act in Ohio: Is Today As Good As It Gets?

A Retrospective on the Clean Water Act in Ohio: Is Today As Good As It Gets?

The quality of Ohio’s rivers and streams has improved tremendously from the grossly polluted conditions that were commonplace in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

Chris Yoder, November 29th, 2017

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22 !

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22 !

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22nd !

Allison Boehler, April 19th, 2017

 New England Rivers Fish Assemblage Study Completed!

New England Rivers Fish Assemblage Study Completed!

MBI with support from U.S. EPA conducted an assessment of the fish assemblages in the rivers of New England during 2002-9.

Chris Yoder, November 16th, 2016

GIS Tool Used to Identify High Quality Vernal Pools

GIS Tool Used to Identify High Quality Vernal Pools

While working for Ohio EPA, Brian Gara and I developed a GIS-based tool to locate existing high quality vernal pools and locations most suitable to vernal pool restoration efforts...

Mick N. Micacchion, November 16th, 2016

Top Notch Field Sites for Training Courses

Top Notch Field Sites for Training Courses

Most of our courses involve training in the use of different assessment methods: QHEI, IBI, ICI, ORAM, VIBI, AmphIBI, HHEI, HMFEI or others.

Mick N. Micacchion, November 16th, 2016

Electrofishing

Electrofishing

“Electrofishing” is one of the basic techniques MBI uses to sample fish in rivers and streams. It is one of several tools that MBI employs to assess the aquatic biota.

Chris Yoder, November 16th, 2016