Angler Journal Survey

The River's Calendar.



Phenology: "The study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate" - Wikipedia. 



Trout Unlimited is collaborating with the University of Massachusetts and several other partners to develop a community science program that examines impacts of climate change on the phenology of trout streams and their riparian areas. Anglers will record observations of temperature, streamflow, and seasonal aquatic insect, fish and riparian plants. The resulting records will yield a database of ecosystem health, allowing us to develop "fishability" indices and incorporate this into TU climate change outreach campaigns at the chapter, council and national levels.
We are also looking for older angling records to compare with data the anglers will collect. We need your help determining the degree to which such records have been kept. Please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey. The results of the survey will help us determine what type of information might be available for different river systems around the country. At this point, please do not send in any specific angling records.
Please answer these questions in a general sense, recognizing that amounts of information, effort expended, rivers covered, etc. may not have been consistent over any given time period. Please check all boxes that apply.
1. Have you ever kept a fishing journal?
2. If not, why not?
3. We are interested in any angling records you may have or know of, whether or not you have kept a journal yourself. Please answer the following questions with those records in in mind.

What time period (in years) does the information cover?
4. Please Indicate the KINDS of information that you have:

BUGS:
Types of insect activity (emerging, mating/ovipositing, "spinner fall", etc.)
5. Species, or types of insects/invertebrates:
6. If Yes, please answer these:

What taxonomic level?
7. And/or:
Flies they represent:
8. Fly sizes:
9. Add any comments you wish to include on any of the above questions:
10. How were the identifications made?
11. What life stages were IDs made from?
12. Do you know what resources were used to make IDs? (list all that apply, and name source if known)
13. How would you rate the ID skills of person(s) making these IDs?
14. FISH:
15. WATER, WEATHER
16. What format is information in?
17. In general, how would you characterize the amount of information you have access to?
18. Where does this information come from? (Name titles, URLs etc. where appropriate)
19. We are also interested in hatch calendars that are currently in use. Can you suggest any to us that you use yourself or know of? Please list URLs of any online calendars, and/or list rivers which these pertain to.
20. This is a preliminary survey. Once we find out what information is out there we will determine how best to start collecting it. Are you willing to participate in this project and share your records with us at a later time? We'll cover costs of copying, printing and returning it back to you. If you would like us to get back to you, please provide your contact information: name, address, email.
21. Your comments and questions are welcome;
If you know of others who may possess such information, would you please pass this survey along to them or have them get in touch with us?

Thank You,
Jerry Schoen
Water Resources Research Center
Blaisdell House
University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA, 01003
jschoen@tei.umass.edu
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