SAVE THE DATE to Help Kane County Rid Our Streams of The Scourge of Rusty Crayfish

SAVE THE DATE to Help Kane County Rid Our Streams of The Scourge of Rusty Crayfish

While “Rusty Crayfish” might sound suspiciously like the name of a guy you went to high school with in the ’70s, it is in fact an underwater invader in our local streams and rivers.

In fact, as Pam Otto writes in her Good Natured column, “rusty crayfish are thugs. They’re the bully on the playground and the obnoxious party guest that won’t go home, all rolled into one hard-shelled, pincer-waving package.”

Now, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County is asking your help to find them and eliminate as many as possible.

The “when”: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.

The “where”: two locations — Glenwood Park Forest Preserve, 1644 South River St., Batavia or at Ferson Creek Park, IL Route 31, east of Wildrose Springs Drive, St. Charles.

“Our culprit is the Rusty Crayfish — a tiny aquatic creature that’s an invasive species in Kane County,” Forest Preserve District officials said in a news release. “Help naturalists round up some rowdy Rusty Crayfish in an attempt to reduce their numbers.”

Families are encouraged to join naturalists and volunteers in the water with dip nets to collect, identify and remove some Rusties. You might even find the biggest of these varmints or collect the greatest number of them.

“Prepare to get wet!” the news release said. “Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get muddy.”

This program is in partnership with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the St. Charles Park District, Red Oak Nature Center, and Friends of the Fox River. No registration is required for this free, family-friendly program. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com for more information.

SOURCE: Forest Preserve District of Kane County news release