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Summer River Float - Paddling and Mussels

  • Date: 08/25/2018
  • Location: Raccoon River - TBD

Water quality in Iowa is one of the most pressing ecological issues challenging our shared futures. An interesting way to approach this issue is to examine water quality through the lens of our river’s fresh water mussel populations. Given a voice, what can these aquatic beings tell us of our water’s health.

 DCCB has invited Jennifer Kurth, mussel researcher– ISU to join us on this month’s paddle and bring to us the story of Iowa’s mussels. The program will begin with a presentation on mussel ecology, natural history and identification at the Hanging Rock shelter. Following a lunch break, participants are then invited to join us for a paddle down the ‘Coon. Now, with a trained ear, listening to the voice of a mussel, we will examine the ‘Coons waters. Which mussels will we observe? Can you apply your new found identification skills? What lessons of ecology can our mussels share with us? You will never paddle past a sandbar again, as you float our ‘Coons, without taking note of what mussels are present, and listening now to the mussel’s  lessons of ecology. Registration is required for this program.


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