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September 24, 2019 | 10 minute read
Brownsville, Kentucky — The blacktop, like so many others, ends at the Green River. A few fire rings and Bud Light cans litter the banks. Swallowtail butterflies flit among the oaks, poplars and sycamores. The river ambles unobstructed this warm summer day. There’s not much to see at the popular fishing spot across from Mammoth Cave National Park. It’s what you don’t see that matters. Two years ago a decrepit concrete lock and dam straddled the river posing a serious hazard to swimmers, kayakers and underwater creatures. Learn more...
December 6, 2018 | 4 minute read
The Cape Fear shiner, a federally protected North American minnow found only in central North Carolina, battles to survive with only one stronghold remaining in the lower reaches of the Rocky and Deep Rivers of North Carolina’s Upper Cape Fear River Basin. Many issues have piled up against this little fish, but a massive dam of reinforced concrete, averaging 25 feet tall and 235 feet across stood out, until recently, as a monumental obstacle to the species’ recovery. Learn more...
September 28, 2018 | 2 minute read
Ellison McDow and his grandfather Donnie Evans displaying Carolina heelsplitters that will soon be released on Mr. Evan’s property. Photo by FWS. South Carolina, like many states in the Southeast Region, is mostly made up of private lands. Therefore, these lands and their owners are crucial to any effort aimed at recovery of endangered species. Last fall, a number of private entities voluntarily contributed to the ongoing recovery efforts for the critically endangered Carolina heelsplitter, a freshwater mussel. Learn more...
October 4, 2017 | 6 minute read
You cannot talk with biologists about mussels without delving into the shelled creatures’ sex lives. We’re not discussing impassioned grappling on a stream bed, either. No. For mussels to thrive, they need more inducement than a come-hither glance, the music of moving water. Sometimes they need scientists — one in a snorkeling mask, another with a mixture containing rabbit blood. Let us go to Killbuck Creek, an Ohio stream that curls through wood and field until it finds the Wahonding River, a tributary of the Ohio River. Learn more...
June 12, 2017 | 7 minute read
Only an estimated 154 Carolina heelsplitters remain in the wild. A shocking revelation for a species that’s been listed as endangered since 1993, but biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will not give up. Finding the Carolina heelsplitter, one of the most imperiled freshwater mussels in the Southeast, will bring delight to any biologist lucky enough to wade in its waters. Carolina heelsplitter. Photo by USFWS. Learn more...
April 2, 2018 | 5 minute read
How does the final listing rule differ from the proposed listing rule? In preparing this final rule, we reviewed and fully considered 22 public comments on the proposed rule. This final rule incorporates minor changes to our proposed listing based on the comments we received. The Species Status Assessment report report was updated based on comments and some additional information provided; many small, non-substantive changes and corrections were made throughout the document including ensuring consistency of colors on maps, providing details about data sources, updating references in threats section, and minor clarifications. Learn more...
October 10, 2018 | 5 minute read
The Atlantic pigtoe, a freshwater mussel native to waters from Virginia to Georgia, has lost more than half of its historical range, and remaining populations may not be sustainable over time. To help this species and its habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to extend protection for it as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service also has identified areas that are essential for conservation of this freshwater mussel and proposes to designate 539 river miles in 16 units as critical habitat. Read the full story...
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the yellow lance mussel as threatened under the Endangered Species Act
April 2, 2018 | 3 minute read
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the yellow lance mussel will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) following a rigorous evaluation of the best available science. Partnerships with state wildlife agencies and others have already been established to work toward improving habitat conditions for the mussel, which is one of nature’s most diligent water filterers. Yellow lance current range. Read the full story...
October 16, 2017 | 6 minute read
The plight of the golden riffleshell, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, took a leap forward on September 21, as 700 captively-reared individuals were released into three sites – on Indian Creek, and on the Clinch River on the edge of Richlands, Virginia, and further upstream at a site owned by The Nature Conservancy. Read the full story...