bioassessment

Field Updates May 2022: Bioassessment Season Highlights 

A California Red-legged frog. Copyright Morro Bay National Estuary Program

Gearing Up for Spring Bioassessment Monitoring at the Estuary Program

Bioassessment 2021: the results are in! How healthy are local creeks? Plus a new video!

Staff member holds a rock during bioassessment

Field Updates April 2021: Bioassessment Highlights and Volunteer Support

Monitoring staff conducts bioassessment site scouting in the Morro Bay watershed

Field Updates March 2021: Volunteer Monitoring Program Updates and Bioassessment Site Scouting

Bioassessment Survey Results 2020: Tracking the Health of Local Creeks

Giant Water Bugs, also known as “Toe-Biters,” are large invertebrate predators with a powerful bite! Females typically deposit their eggs onto the males’ back, and the male “Toe-Biter” keeps the eggs safe until they hatch.

Bioassessment 2020: Highlights from the Season

Two volunteers wear waders and dark red plaid shirts. The one on the left holds an algae-covered rock that is about 12 inches long. The volunteer on the right uses a red ruler to measure the width of the rock. The data that they collect will be used to calculate the overall bioassessment survey results for the year.

Bioassessment Survey Results 2019: Tracking the Health of Local Creeks

Two members from the Watershed Stewards Program lay out eelgrass blades on a white board for counting and photographing.

Field updates April & May 2019: Monitoring Eelgrass and Creek Health

Field Updates October 2018: bioassessment scouting, Pismo Preserve, sharing data, and getting ready for rain