Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)

Training Resources and Presentations

Why Wetlands?
What is an IBI?
Invert. Sampling (spineless critters)
Vegetation Sampling
Get Involved
Training and Events
Resources and Presentations
Wetlands Monitored
Wetland Sites Map (Dakota County)
WHEP Reports and Data
Frequently Asked Questions
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Presentations & Training Videos
The presentation documents listed below were created using PowerPoint and converted to PDF files for viewing from the website.  The videos are listed on the Hennepin County website, the links below will take you to the appropriate page.

Field Methods Training Presentations

Field Methods Training Recording May 2021

How to Collect a Macroinvertebrate Sample

How to Conduct a Vegetation Survey

Training Videos
View how to collect a macroinvertebrate sample using both a dipnet and bottletrap, and how to conduct a vegetation survey following WHEP protocols.  These files are large and may take a few minutes to download.  If you are unable to download the video, a link to the video transcripts is also included. 

Wetland Safety (1:58)

Macroinvertebrate Survey

A Citizen's Guide to Biological Assessment of Wetlands - The Macroinvertebrate Index of Biological Integrity (IBI), updated 2021

Setting a bottle trap (2:16)

Retrieving a bottle trap (2:08)

Collecting a dip net sample (2:36)

Vegetation Survey

2015 Citizen's Guide to the Biological Assessment of Wetlands - The Vegetation Index of Biological Integrity (IBI)

Selecting the vegetation survey area (1:45)

Establishing the sample plot/releve (1:43)

Plant inventory (2:58)

Video Script (text only)

Macroinvertebrate Identification Presentations

Sample Processing in the Lab (1,140 KB)

Snail Identification (1,880 KB)

Beetle and Bug Identification (1,036 KB)

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Leeches (880 kb)

Diptera and other inverts (2,170 kb)

Aquatic Insect Interactive Verification Program, Chironomidae Research Group, University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

Vegetation Identification Presentations

June 2020 virtual vegetation ID training video - Mark Gernes, MPCA

June 2020 Vegetation ID Training Presentation - Mark Gernes, MPCA

June 2020 virtual AIS at vegetation ID training video - Carolyn Dindorf, Fortin Consulting

June 2020 AIS presentation at Veg ID Training - Carolyn Dindorf, Fortin Consulting

Introduction to Plant Identification (2,507 KB)

Vegetation Metric Example

www.youtube.com  - search for plant identification videos

Invasive Plant Species

Ramsey County Cooperative Weed Management Area

Ramsey County Cooperative Weed Management Area  Facebook Page

MN Noxious Weed booklet, MN Department of Transportation

If prohibited/eradicate listed species are spotted in counties other than Ramsey, volunteers should report them to the MN Dept. of Agriculture's Arrest the Pest Hotline at (651) 201-6684 or report at
Arrest.the.Pest@state.mn.us.  If it is found on city property, call the city; likewise for county properties or those owned by watershed districts.

MN Wildflowers - a great resource for photos, identification tips and information.

Early detection cards for noxious weed spotters

Datasheets and Equipment List

Equipment Checklist

Site Information/Sketch (Veg)

Releve Datasheet (Veg)

Metric Scoring Sheet (Veg)

Books, Reports & Websites
Gernes, M. and J. Helgen.  2002.  Indexes of Biological Integrity for Large Depressional Wetlands.  Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  St. Paul, MN.

Macroinvertebrate Guides
Bouchard, R.W. Jr.  2004.  Guide to Aquatic Invertebrates of the Upper Midwest- Identification Manual for Students, Citizen Monitors, and Aquatic Resource Professionals.  University of Minnesota.  St. Paul, MN.

Burne, M. and L. Kennedy.  May 2001.  A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools.  Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.  Westborough, MA.

Hilsenhoff, W.L.  1995.  Aquatic Insects of Wisconsin.  Pulbication Number 3 of the Nautraly Museums Council.  University of Wisconsin-Madison.  79 pp. 
McCafferty, W. P. with Illustration by Arwin Provonsha.  1998.  Aquatic Entomology.  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.  Sudbury, MA.

Merritt, R.W. and K.W. Cummins.  1996.  An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of Norht America, 3rd Edition.  Kendall/Hunt Publishing.  Dubuque, Iowa.  862 pp.  (this is used by everyone doing identifications).

Vegetation Guides
Bourdaghs, M. and M. Gernes.  2005.  A Citizen's Guide to Biological Assessment of Wetlands-The Vegetation Index of Biological Integrity.  Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  St. Paul, MN.

Borman, S., R. Korth, and J. Temte.  1997.  Through the Looking Glass-A Field Guide to Aquatic Plants.  Wisconsin Lake Partnership, University of Wisconsin-Extension.  Stevens Point, WI.

Chadde, S.W. 2002.  A Great Lakes Wetland Flora. Second Edition Pocketflora Press.  Calumet, MI.
Eggers, S.D. and D.M. Reed.  1997.  Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District.  St. Paul, MN.

Fink, D.F.  1997.  A Guide to Aquatic Plants-Identification and Management.  Ecologicals Services, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  St. Paul, MN.

Newcomb, L.  1977.  Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.  Little, Brown and Co.  New York, NY.
USDA, NRCS.  2004.  The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5  (http://plants.usda.gov/).  National Plant Data Center.  Baton Rouge, LA.

Wisconsin State Herbarium.  2004  WISFLORA-Wisconsin Vascular Plant Species (http://www.botany.wisc.edu/wisflora).  University of Wisconsin.  Madison, WI.