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“Citizen Science is most simply described as public participation in organized research efforts”. – Janis Dickinson & Rich Bonney

Measuring Mussels

The USRC offers opportunities to participate in citizen science. We currently have 9 stream sites in which we conduct invertebrate monitoring through the Illinois RiverWatch Program. Additionally, we conduct mussel surveys in August at 4 sites. These activities provide the non-professional an opportunity to contribute meaningful information to science, to discover more about the world in which they live, and to be part of a great American tradition.