Now that the shutdown is over, TU’s Andy Brown has restarted his Citizen Scientist Training Days for those of us interested in this exciting project, which the Land O’ Sky chapter has committed to support with funding.

Right now there are two areas of training and focus:  Fish Passage Barrier Surveys and Temperature Monitoring, each requiring different commitments of time.  If you’re not familiar with the program, you can learn more by reading the flyer, or read Andy’s interview in the current issue of “The Drift”.

Fish Passage Barrier Surveys
Training takes 1½ to 2 days. The following days are scheduled for fish passage barrier survey training.  They each fall on Thursdays and Fridays and start at 9 am on Thursday.  Day 1 will end around 4 pm.

  • February 7 and 8 (Sky Island – meet at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education)
  • February 28 and March 1 (Wilson Creek – meet at Visitor’s Center)
  • March 21 and 22 (Sky Island)
  • April 11 and 12 (Wilson Creek)

Temperature Monitoring and Data Logging
A training event will be held Monday, February 25 at the Western Carolina University Biology Department Conference Room (#123) from 6 pm – 8 pm.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.

See the draft list and map of sites as of this moment.  It will be refined as the program develops.  Most likely, Land O’ Sky volunteers will be asked to monitor some temperature stations in the North and South Fork of the Mills River areas.  Data logging equipment will be provided.

To get involved in this exciting project contact Andy Brown, Stream Restoration Manager – Southern Appalachian Region ( / (828) 674-1067).