May 1, 2012

Help Look for Freshwater Mussels in Johnson Creek

For the last two years the Johnson Creek Watershed Council partnered with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to conduct surveys for native freshwater mussels in Johnson Creek— with your help, we want to continue to expand this work.

Volunteers will learn about the biology and ecology of native freshwater mussels, and the many ways in which these animals benefit water quality and fish habitat. Native mussels are sensitive to pollution and disturbance, so exploring mussel distribution and the age structure of mussel beds provides insight on the biological conditions of Johnson Creek. Native Western pearlshell mussels were found in both stream reaches surveyed in the upper watershed, and native floaters were present in the lower watershed.

The event represents a unique opportunity for the general public to assist with field research, receive unique environmental education about an important component of the stream biota which most people know very little, and to simply enjoy Johnson Creek – an urban habitat gem.

Images from our 2010 Mussel Event.

Date and Location
Saturday June 2nd, 9am-12pm @ Tideman Johnson Park

Saturday, June 16, 10-1pm @ Springwater Woods & Hogan Confluence

Saturday, July 14, 10-1pm @ Brookside

Saturday, July 15, 2-5pm @ Leach Botanical

Spots are filling up quickly, and registration for this event is required, so RSVP today to reserve your spot! All ages welcome. Contact Amy Lodholz at [email protected] or call (503)652-7477.