The 2010 workshop of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society will be held October 19 – 21, 2010 in Kirkwood, Missouri.

The workshop will focus on regional fauna identification and sampling techniques. A panel of regional fauna experts representing Texas, Gulf Coast, upper Ohio Basin, Southeast U.S., Mobile Basin, Atlantic Slope, Cumberlandian, Interior Basin, Western U.S., and the Ozark regions has been assembled. The experts will give presentations on mussels unique to their area, common species shared with other regions that “just look different here”, and the ever popular “problem children”. They will also give tips and pointers on unique collecting methods used in the region. Additional experts will give presentations on general freshwater mussel identification and sampling techniques. In addition to presentations, there will be ample time to view representative specimens from the regions, and time to spend discussing characters with the experts.

The workshop will be held at Missouri Department of Conservation’s Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center (, located in a 112 acre oak-hickory forest just southwest of St. Louis, Missouri in the lower Meramec River watershed. In addition to 2 floors of exhibits, a large aquarium, and 3 hiking trails, the center has 3 classrooms and a 250 seat auditorium. Powder Valley is located at the intersection of Interstates 270 and 44 just southwest of St. Louis, Missouri, and is easily accessible from multiple Interstates and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. We have secured a block of rooms for workshop attendees at the Holiday Inn Southwest Viking Conference Center. Registration will include box lunches for Tuesday and Wednesday and a social on Tuesday night. There are numerous nearby dining and entertainment options and downtown St. Louis is reasonably accessible. Following the workshop, field trips to the nearby Meramec River, Mississippi River and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Columbia Environmental Research Center are planned. Be sure to register early, as we will have to limit the workshop to 200 attendees.

Click here for the Workshop full agenda.

For more information please contact Steve McMurray (; 573.882.9909) or Heidi Dunn (; 636.281.1982).

Holiday Inn welcomes the FMCS 2010 Workshop: Hotel reservations and Information here.

To register online see below or download PDF and email to FMCS.

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The Hotel for this meeting:
Holiday Inn Southwest & Viking Conference Center
10709 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63127
FMCS price: Single and Double Occupancy Rooms are $94.00 and includes continental breakfast
(tax not included). Transportation to and from this hotel to Powder Valley will be provided each day.
The mixer/social will also be held at the Viking, thus we encourage members to take advantage of the
reduced room rate.

Other nearby hotels:

Hampton Inn St. Louis Sunset Hills Days Inn-Lindbergh Blvd
1580 South Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63127 3660 S Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, MO 63127
(314) 984-8181 (314) 965-9733

Quality Inn -Southwest Best Western Kirkwood Inn
3730 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63127 1200 S Kirkwood Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63122-7225
(314) 842-1200 (800) 780-7234

Fairfield Inn Econo Lodge
1680 Fenton Business Park Court, Fenton, MO 63026 640 S Highway Dr, Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 305-1500 (636) 326-2805

Super 8
650 S Highway Dr, Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 343-5710