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Monroe Lake project seeks volunteers to build species data on ladybugs

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Families, grandparents, kids and adults are invited to participate in a summer research project at Monroe Lake, which will benefit a larger research database -- The Lost Ladybug Project -- at Cornell University.

Volunteers will be trained in skills necessary to participate at 7 p.m., June 13 (register by June 10) and 7 p.m., June 22 (register by June 20). Both trainings are scheduled for Paynetown State Recreation Area at Monroe Reservoir. You can register for training by sending email to jvance@dnr.IN.gov; or by calling Paynetown Activity Center at (812) 837-9967. In your message, specify the training date and include your name, telephone number and number of people in your group. The gate entrance fee will be waived for registered participants.

Information collected by volunteers will be used to build a species inventory for Monroe Lake. It will also be submitted to a larger research initiative conducted by entomologists at Cornell University. The training sessions will help volunteers in data gathering, recording and submission.

Paynetown SRA on Monroe Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/2954.htm) is at 4850 South State Road 446, Bloomington, 47401.

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