Survey Guidelines and Techniques Workshop

Henry Horton State Park - Duck River, Tennessee
August 8-11, 2022



This isn’t déjà vu, COVID may have delayed the 2020 Workshop but it didn’t cancel it!

Where to sample? How to sample? How do you apply the data? What does it all mean??? These are questions everyone that samples mollusks have had to answer. The Guidelines and Techniques Workshop, along the banks of the famous Duck River, is designed to provide you with the answers, whether you are a beginning biologist or an experienced malacologist, we all need to collect mollusks and interpret and apply the data at all levels. The Workshop will be organized into two levels of content; introductory/intermediate and experienced, but there will be overlap depending on participant’s interest.

The introductory and intermediate will cover equipment and design for sampling mussels including sample size and the amount of effort to ‘adequately’ sample a site or a species. Field instruction will include techniques such as qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative sampling, habitat measurements, protocol implementation, data collection and analysis, as well as QA/QC.

The experienced will cover information on data applications including density and abundance, mark-recapture, population estimates, as well as estimates of survival and mortality, and mussel mortality evaluations. Field techniques will include nontraditional sampling, marking and tagging mussels, collection and processing for genetic analysis and eDNA, and mortality events and valuation.

Meeting Registration

As with all things in our post-COVID world, the prices have increased. Early registration will begin on March 1st and will close on May 31st.


(March 1– May 31)

(June 1 - July 8)

Regular FMCS member



Regular non-member
Non-member rates include
a 1 yr FMCS membership



Student/Retiree FMCS member



Student/Retiree non-member
Non-member rates include
a 1 yr FMCS membership




Schedule Overview

Monday August 8 - Arrival, Registration, Evening Mixer
Tuesday August 9 - Breakfast, Introduction with Dave Smith, Lunch, Lecture and Field Sessions, Poster Session & Mixer
Wednesday August 10  - Breakfast, Lecture and Field Sessions, Lunch, Lecture and Field Sessions, Dinner, State and Federal Survey Protocols Town Hall     
Thursday August 11  - Field Trip, Departure


Poster Session

The poster session will take place on the evening of Tuesday, August 9th. Poster presentations will not be limited in topic and can include a wide variety of information and research pertinent to freshwater mollusks.
Abstracts should be emailed as a Word file to
File name should include presenter’s last name and initials (e.g., SchwegmanRS.doc). Acknowledgment of abstract receipt, if requested, will be provided by e-mail. The abstract should contain the title in BOLD, CAPITAL letters, followed by the author(s), and address(es). Underscore the presenter's name. Skip one line and begin the text including a clear summary of presentation (e.g., objectives, results, and conclusions.)
Please keep abstracts to 300 words or less : SEE EXAMPLE HERE.
The deadline for submission is May 31st, 2022.


Student Sponsorship

We want student participation and will be soliciting for sponsorships. Students, please check back to the event web site by April 15th for more information and how to apply.  


Location & Lodging

Henry Horton State Park, constructed in the 1960s on the estate of Henry Horton, former governor of Tennessee, is located along the shores of the historic Duck River, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. It is located in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, south of Nashville. Henry Horton State Park : The Park has self-contained accommodations, meals will be catered by the Park’s Governor's Table Restaurant, and the Tipped Canoe Lounge is on site.
All of the available rooms have been reserved at the Lodge in the Park, and there are also eight cabins available. Please make every effort to book rooms with co-workers and friends as space is limited. When booking ask for the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society rate and provide our group number: 4549. Reservations must be made by July 10th.  

Room Rates:
• Two Double Beds Room in the Lodge: $86.40/night plus taxes
• King Room: $90.90/night plus taxes • Suite Room (pullout sofa and small kitchen): $99.90/night plus taxes
• Cabins (fully equipped 2-3 bedrooms): call for details on each cabin.

Campsites for both recreational vehicles and tents are available. Camping rates vary between $11-$35/night, not including taxes and fees. Campsite reservations can be made by visiting:

What to bring:
This is a hands-on Workshop, so come prepared to get in the water and get dirty. Bring a wetsuit if you have one, otherwise clothes and shoes if you don’t mind getting wet. Mask and snorkel are beneficial and any other field gear you typically use in the water, don’t forget the sun screen and camera. Dry clothes are required at all other times.



Ground Transportation by car: Henry Horton Park is located in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. By Air: Nashville International Airport is the closest airport, but other airports are available.
Driving distance from Nashville is approx. 50 miles (1 hour)
Driving distance from Chattanooga approx. 115 miles (2 hours)
Driving distance from Memphis approx. 220 miles (3.5 hours)


Field Trip

On Thursday August 11th, Workshop attendees will have the option of attending a Duck River mussel sampling field trip with Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. Due to our proximity to such tremendous freshwater mussel resources the fieldtrip will focus on freshwater mussels of the Duck River and a TWRA ongoing monitoring program.
The cost is $50 and will include roundtrip transportation and a box lunch.



The FMCS is a not-for profit society, dedicated to the advocacy and conservation science of freshwater mollusk resources. Our Workshop provide great opportunities to network and build relationships with conservation professional from state and federal governments, industry, universities, and conservation organization. The Society has a membership of over 500, of which about 150 generally attend the biennial Workshops, Instructors for the workshops are members of the Society and other leaders in Conservation. These professionals are constantly working to conserve freshwater mollusks and we need your help. We are requesting monetary sponsorships to help cover the costs of the Workshop facilities and student attendance.

To become a Sponsor click here
River >$2000 One Complimentary Registration, Logo on Website Registration Page.
Stream $1000 - $1999

One Registration Reduced by 25%, Logo Displayed at the Welcome Social, Logo on Website Registration Page.

Eddy $500 - $999 Logo on Website Registration Page.
Mussel $100 - $499 Recognition in the Workshop Program.



For more Information:
For further information about the Workshop content and specific curriculum please contact the Guidelines and Techniques Chairs:
Lisie Kitchel:

For more information of the venue, lodging, transportation, or sponsorship please contact:
Ryan Schwegman:

We look forward to seeing you in Tennessee!