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The Iowa River has mussels

River mussels, that is! In August, there will be a few opportunities in the Iowa City area to get to know these animals that call the Iowa River home.

Getting to Know Our Mussels: On Saturday, August 9th from 10 am – 12 pm, the Iowa River Friends will host an educational event about the Iowa River’s mussels. While river mussels may seem rather unassuming, they can tell us a rich story of the river’s history and current health. Jen Kurth, a Natural Resources Biologist with the Iowa DNR, will give a talk on unique biology and ecology of these animals, and if weather and river conditions permit, will lead a short field trip to a nearby river access point to investigate mussels in their native habitat. Directions to the field site will be provided the day of the event. This event is FREE and open to the public.

WHEN: Saturday, August 9, 10 am – 12 pm

WHERE: Johnson County Extension Office (3109 Old Highway 218 S., Iowa City, IA 52246)

Summer Mussel Blitz

The 2014 Iowa Mussel Blitz will be on the Iowa River from Coralville Reservoir to Hills, Iowa August 18-22.  Monday, August 18 will be a training day with educational and fun events planned for the entire week, but the main purpose of the week is to try to get a picture of the mussel population of this stretch of the Iowa River. ALL people interested in Mussels or River Ecology are welcome.

If you would like more information, contact Scott Gritters (Scott.Gritters@dnr.iowa.gov; 563-872-4976) or Paul Sleeper (319)350-8399.

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