November 21, 2009

Endangered Mussels Released...

Photo by Dave Baker of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Mussel researcher Monte McGregor, above, prepares to release some captive-bred endangered Fanshell Mussels (Cyprogenia stegaria) into Kentucky's Green River. These bivalves, just one of the many species of endangered mussels in North America, are important food for other animals, as well as playing a key role in keeping our rivers clean. Their release into the wild is not as majestic or dramatic, perhaps, as the release of a Bald Eagle or Red Wolf, but somehow stirring, nonetheless.

Live free, little guys!

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