Friends of the Rouge needs volunteers to help look for stoneflies, mayflies and other aquatic insects at the annual Spring Bug Hunt on April 22, 2017.  Interested volunteers must pre-register by April 7.  Children are welcome when accompanied by a participating adult.

The event begins at 9:00 am at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center.  Volunteers are assigned to teams of 4-8 people that each travel to two sites where they look for living things in samples collected from the river under the direction of a trained Team Leader. The number and type of bugs found is used to assess each site and data are submitted to the state and Rouge communities. 

The Spring Bug Hunt is part of a long-term monitoring program that was created in 1998 to train local residents to collect information about the health of Rouge streams.  It is coordinated by Friends of the Rouge and supported by the Alliance of Rouge Communities.

For more information or to sign up, visit

About FOTR:  Friends of the Rouge is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem through education, citizen involvement and other collaborative efforts, for the purpose of improving the quality of life for the people, plants, and animals of the watershed.  The Rouge River covers 466 square miles in three counties and 42 communities in the metropolitan Detroit area.  Additional information at
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