Home
Field Notes
 
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Field Notes Entry   
Implementing Ohio's New Mussel Protocol - Great Miami Mussel Survey
Midwest Region, August 12, 2013
Print Friendly Version
From left to right, Dr. Hoggarth, Megan Michael (Ohio Department of Transportation), and Matt Thomas (Ohio State Univeristy) perform a timed search survey as a follow-up to quantitative sampling.
From left to right, Dr. Hoggarth, Megan Michael (Ohio Department of Transportation), and Matt Thomas (Ohio State Univeristy) perform a timed search survey as a follow-up to quantitative sampling. - Photo Credit: Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman of the Service's Columbus, Ohio Field Office, joined Dr. Hoggarth (mussel surveyor), the Ohio Department of Transportation and BHE Environmental Consulting on the Great Miami River to perform a mussel survey using the new Ohio Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ohio Mussel Survey Protocols. The mussel protocol was implemented as a joint effort between the state and the Ohio field office this year.

 

The Great Miami Mussel survey was part of a survey and relocation effort for a bridge project over the river. We implemented the full protocol which included transect surveys and quantitative sampling. The most common species found were the plain pocketbook (Lampsilis cardium) and fluted shell (Lasmigona costata). Although the Great Miami hosts the federally endangered rayed bean (Villosa fabalis), we did not detect it in this section of the river.

Over the past year, I was part of the group that developed the Ohio Mussel Survey Protocols. It was a great experience to get into the river and use the protocol for a project.


Contact Info: Sarah Bowman, 614-416-8993 ext. 18, sarah_bowman@fws.gov



Send to:
From:

Notes:
Find a Field Notes Entry

Search by keyword

Search by State




Search by Region


US Fish and Wildlife Service footer