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Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Motion Videos

Explore our video library of aquatic macroinvertebrates wriggling, swimming, and crawling through stream water!

ROCK ON With Rock Pack Experiment Videos

Scientists and educators at Stroud Water Research Center and Montana State University are working to increase awareness of net-spinning caddisflies through the Rock Pack Experiment, an expansion of the Leaf Pack Network® that investigates the world of these less-well-known ecosystem engineers using artificial rock packs. Fashioned using dry rocks in mesh bags and deployed in a local stream for thr...[Read More]

2020 Leaf Pack Network Updates and New Kit Reveal!

Join Leaf Pack Network Administrator and freshwater ecologist, Tara Muenz, for a tour of the new Leaf Pack Stream Ecology Kit features PLUS an introduction on how YOU can get started with the Leaf Pack Network! The kit is reusable and flexible, adaptable to varying time constraints, number of students and grade levels, and geographically friendly and complete.

Dive into Water Science Careers!

Ever want to spend a day in the boots of a freshwater scientist? Our Water Science Career Videos engage viewers of all ages in real careers in freshwater-focused science, technology, engineering, and math.

Ecosystem Benefits of Net-Spinning Caddisflies

Net-spinning caddisflies build nets to trap their food. But did you know that these nets also hold rocks together in streams?

Restoring Nash Creek

This video from Groundswell Michigan shows how two Michigan schools used the Leaf Pack Experiment to assess their local stream’s health. They discovered what was impacting their stream and then developed a plan to restore it with native plantings.

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