Learn about mussels at the nature center

Published 6:04 am Saturday, November 2, 2019

Madeline Pletta, a propagation biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will discuss native freshwater mussel conservation in Minnesota during the “Flex Your Mussels” presentation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Freshwater mussels are important because they create biodiversity hotspots similar to coral reefs in oceans. They enhance biodiversity and provide valuable ecosystem benefits in our warm water streams and lakes. However, their populations are declining in many rivers. Now, the DNR is working to restore select rivers in Minnesota, including, the Cedar River near Austin.

Come learn about their unique history, life cycle, and what the DNR is doing to conserve fascinating species. 

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For more information, call 507-437-7519 or email info@hormelnaturecenter.org.

Madeline Pletta (center) with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources works with helpers on reintroducing black sandshell mussels Thursday (July 18) in the Cedar River State Water Trail near Austin’s Marcusen Park baseball stadium, one of three sites where the DNR transplanted mussels in the Cedar River in Mower County. Photo provided