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Mussel Monitoring Program of Wisconsin

The purpose of this program is to gain a state-wide perspective on mussel populations and inventory where our 51 species of native mussels occur. Few recent surveys have been completed leaving a lack of information on where current mussel populations exist or the health of those populations. Results from surveys that have been conducted recently indicate a decrease in mussel populations and diversity due to habitat degradation, commercial exploitation and competition with exotic species.

The DNR is seeking volunteers to help conduct surveys by collecting dead mussel shells, and photographing live mussels, from area waters. The DNR will provide training on mussel sampling and identification as well as information about historical survey sites and mussels that occur in your local waters. With the help of citizen scientists in Wisconsin, survey efforts will help provide needed information on current distributions and status of mussel populations around the state. For more information on native mussels or the Mussel Monitoring Program of Wisconsin refer to our website: http://wiatri.net/inventory/mussels/


Lisie Kitchel
Conservation Biologist
(608) 266-5248




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