Ecologist to present talk on freshwater mussels

Published: 10/20/2019 9:38:08 PM

RUTLAND — The Ware River Nature Club will present “Freshwater Mussels: Living Gems in North American Waters), with Peter Hazleton, on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Rutland Public Library, 280 Main St., Route 122.

Hazleton will talk about the diversity, natural history, and conservation challenges of freshwater mussels. These interesting and important bivalves are among the most at-risk invertebrates in North America, are critical indicators of water quality, and provide numerous ecological services to our lakes and rivers.

Hazelton is the Chief of Conservation Science, and formerly the Aquatic Ecologist of the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program of MassWildlife. He earned his doctorate on the subject of freshwater mussels from the University of Georgia, and has been with MassWildlife for six years, where he has developed a conservation program for these invertebrates. His other research and conservation interests include freshwater fishes, crayfish, and dragon- and damselflies.

This program is free and open to all. Info: warerivernatureclub@yahoo.com


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