MOLLUSKS IN THE NEWS

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OVUM
8th annual Ohio (River) Valley
Unified Malacologists Meeting


• REVISION OF THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE CONSERVATION OF NATIVE FRESHWATER MOLLUSKS
--- Issues, Goals and Strategies


• 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 -

• MUSSEL MIX BOOSTS EROSION
--- Nature 469, January 2011 - click below


Click here to download a pdf of Research Highlights


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.


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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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RECOVERING THE ENDANGERED TAR RIVER SPINYMUSSEL
Tar River spinymussels were captured from the wild to start a captive propagation program. This collaborative effort involves the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and other partners working together to bring back this endangered species.
Watch here.

THE UNLIKELY TALE OF A TENACIOUS SNAIL
For over 70 years, no one had seen the oblong rocksnail. Declared extinct in 2000, the species was considered to be another native Alabaman mollusc gone and forgotten. But one day in the spring of 2011, biology grad student Nathan Whelan picked up a tiny rock and got a big surprise.
Watch here

MORE MUSSELS FOR OHIO

Ohio scientists are doing what they can to expand the viability of mussels
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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.


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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MORE MUSSELS FOR OHIO

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.
EBIOBLASMA PAGE - UNIO GALLERY