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Higgins eye reintroduction on the Chippewa River!
Midwest Region, August 1, 2017
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Higgins eye pearlymussels was tagged with a unique alphanumeric tag and a proportion were also tagged with Passive Integrated Transponders (PIT) tags.
Higgins eye pearlymussels was tagged with a unique alphanumeric tag and a proportion were also tagged with Passive Integrated Transponders (PIT) tags. - Photo Credit: Katie Steiger-Meister

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Geological Survey, and others for the first ever reintroduction of federally endangered Higgins eye pearly mussel (Lampsilis higginsii) in the Chippewa River in Wisconsin, where the species was thought to occur historically. On August 1, approximately 3,000 were released along a short stretch of the river with a healthy population of freshwater mussels, including the federally endangered sheepnose mussel (Plethobasus cyphyus) as well as a small population of federally endangered winged mapleleaf mussels (Quadrula fragosa) that were released in 2016. Genoa National Fish Hatchery propagated and raised the sub-adult mussels to a size suitable for release, and each individual mussel was tagged so that their survivorship and growth can be monitored in future years. Over 20 people participated in the reintroduction, which made for a fun and productive day. The Service and our partners hope this effort will establish a self-sustaining reproducing population of Higgins eye in the Chippewa River and help bring this species one step closer to recovery.


Contact Info: Tamara Smith, 612-725-3548 (x2219), tamara_smith@fws.gov
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