The Friends of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge is an independent, non-profit organization that encourages participation and support of the refuge. Their mission is to promote conservation, awareness and appreciation of the Ohio River Islands NWR by providing assistance to the refuge through volunteer programs, fundraising, educating and involving the community in a manner consistent with refuge objectives. Find out more on their website.
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Forty species of native freshwater mussels live within the refuge waters on the Ohio River. This includes six federally endangered mussel species: fanshell, pink mucket, sheepnose, spectaclecase, snuffbox, and rayed bean. Mussels are important to the health of a river ecosystem. They are filter feeders, which helps reduce silt, sediment, and pollutants in the water.