• Conservation Partner Spotlight: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs

    24 days ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Prior to rapid urban and agricultural development in North America during the 19 th century, freshwater mussels were as common as pebbles in any of Minnesota's babbling brooks.
    “There were places you couldn't put your foot down in a river without stepping on one. It was like a cobblestone road paved with mussels,” says Mike Davis, Director of the Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs .
    Freshwater mussel survey sites completed in all 81 watersheds in Minnesota have found that mussel populations are drastically reduced in southern Minnesota.
    Davis has been working with mussels since 1987 when...
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