2015 SYMPOSIUM

2015 JOINT MEETING OF THE FRESHWATER MOLLUSK CONSERVATION SOCIETY AND THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

- St. Charles, Missouri -
March 22-26, 2015


PUBLICATIONS
Walkerana Journal


Ellipsaria Newsletter
Triannual Unionid Reports

North American Atlas


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MOLLUSKS IN THE NEWS
OVUM
8th annual
Ohio (River) Valley
Unified Malacologists Meeting
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radio-news

EXPLORADIO (WKSU News-Kent State U.):
Saving America's most endangered animals.
The eastern U.S. has more freshwater mussel species than anywhere else in the world, and more than half of them are facing extinction
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MORE MUSSELS FOR OHIO
Ohio scientists are doing what they can to expand the viability of mussels
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REVISION OF THE
NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE CONSERVATION OF NATIVE FRESHWATER MOLLUSKS

Issues, Goals and Strategies
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POCKET BOOK MUSSEL
MANTLE FLAPPING BEHAVIOR


Thanks to your legacy stamp purchase the riffleshell mussel has been a conservation success story in Ohio. Here is Ohio's mussel man to explain why.
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This week's Science Nation episode, titled "Threats to Freshwater Mussels and the Consequences for Ecosystems," features Caryn Vaughn, a zoologist at the University of Oklahoma's Aquatic Research Facility and principal investigator for a National Science Foundation Population and Community Ecology Program (DEB/BIO) grant.
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THE COLUMBUS ZOO

Columbus Zoo and its partners receive top honors and conservation awards



THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Tennessee Chapter


Federal, State Agencies and Nature Conservancy Sign Historic Freshwater Mussel Agreement for Tennessee



Tennessee Freshwater Mussel Strategic Plan: Overview of Conservation Planning GIS/database tool


OTHER NEWS

Mussels make new Home in Bear Creek.

Times Daily.com



The Strange Life, Death and reproductive Cycle of an Endangered Mussel.

WFPL News

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MUSSEL MIX BOOSTS EROSION
Nature 469, January 2011



Click here to download a pdf of Research Highlights

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MOLLUSKS AND TOXICOLOGY

The October 2007 issue of the Journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry has a special section on the pollutant sensitivity of freshwater mussels.

Check out this news release on this important study.


FISH SNAPPERS REVEALED

If you're impressed by the stunning evolutionary adaptations mussels exhibit, recently recorded behavior by the genus Epioblasma will take your breath away.



Now that amazing behavior has been recorded on video. Check out these images captured by Bill Roston and Chris Barnhart on this link to the Unio Gallery.


Epioblasma page - Unio Gallery




Freshwater Mollusks are important

North American streams, rivers, and lakes support the richest diversity of freshwater mollusks on the planet. Over 650 species of snails and 300 species of freshwater mussels have been described by scientists so far. While there are species associated with every type of aquatic habitat, the greatest diversity is found in flowing streams.

Our freshwater mollusks are not only a fascinating part of our natural heritage but have global significance. As a group, they serve vital functions in freshwater ecosystems and many species are commercially important. Their life history is amazing, and the behavior ranges from the simple to the bizarre and unbelievable.

Unfortunately, freshwater mollusks are the most imperiled group of animals in America, and many populations are disappearing at an alarming rate. This decline is telling us something because mollusks are good indicators of healthy ecosystems. What is happening to our nation’s freshwater systems? How does is affect people?

the life of freshwater mollusks

This website is dedicated to:

• informing the public about incredible life history of freshwater mollusks
• exploring the issues that have lead to this decline
• empowering citizens to care about this important part of our natural heritage