Records were compiled from a number of events primarily led by staff of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and White River Partnership (WRP). In 2005, VINS environmental citizenship program director Jenna Guarino worked with Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) aquatic biologist Jim Kellogg and 6 local ‘Teen River Stewards’ to conduct the first sampling of portions of the White River mainstem and some of its major tributaries. After finding nearly 85% of the trapped crayfish were non-native rusty crayfish (Faxonius rusticus, formerly Orconectes rusticus), primarily from the mainstem of the White (rather than tributaries) the teen stewards worked with VINS, WRP and VTDEC staff to conduct an educational outreach and training at the White River National Fish Hatchery in Bethel.
In 2010 VTDEC aquatic biologists partnered with watershed education consultant Jenna Guarino to offer a workshop to White River watershed teachers who wanted to help track the spread of rusty crayfish. Six teachers participated in the workshop and implemented at least one day of trapping with their students. A first known occurrence of Bigwater crayfish (Cambarus robustus) in the White River watershed was documented during the workshop (several more occurrences have been documented since then). Quality-assured data collected by schools was shared with state biologist Jim Kellogg, who built a Vermont crayfish species database and distribution map.
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Guarino J, Kellogg J, Russ M, Shands B, Miller E, Ruddel D, Arbruster J (2022): White River Partnership Vermont Crayfish Records. v1.1. Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Dataset/Occurrence. https://ipt.vtatlasoflife.org/resource?r=wrpcrayfish&v=1.1
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White River, Vermont, USA
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [43.549, -72.729], North East [43.945, -72.169]|
crayfish of Vermont
|Start Date / End Date||2011-01-01 / 2019-01-01|
Since 2010 WRP has worked with watershed teachers and students to monitor crayfish throughout the White River watershed. Typically baited, funnel-style minnow traps are placed overnight before sampling, and students supplement the trap catch with additional crayfish caught with small hand nets or bare hands.
|Study Extent||White River, Vermont|
|Quality Control||WRP quality-assures data collected by teachers and students using a standardized field sheet (see https://whiteriverpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/WRP-crayfish-field-sheet-2015.pdf), and shares the data with the state for inclusion in the Vermont crayfish species database and distribution map.|
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- see above
- Jennifer Guarino, Cristina Gastador, and Emily Miller (2012). Field Guide to the CRAYFISH OF THE WHITE RIVER WATERSHED, East-Central Vermont. https://whiteriverpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Field-Guide-to-the-Crayfish-of-the-White-River-Watershed.pdf