Natural Resources Training Program

Texas Freshwater Mussel Identification and Sampling Workshop

August 20-23, 2013

Registration Form

Llano River Field Station
Junction, Texas 76849 (map)

Freshwater mussels are one of the most imperiled groups of animals in the world. In Texas, more than 50 species have been documented, many of which are in decline due to habitat loss. For this reason, 15 species are presently listed as state-threatened. Of these, five were recently added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) candidate species list, and six others are currently being reviewed to determine whether their listing under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. Due to these listings, mussels are now being incorporated into bioassessement and research programs throughout the state.

The freshwater mussel workshop will train participants on:

  1. The key characters used for the identification of mussel species in Texas; and
  2. The different types of methods used to sample mussels.

Other discussion topics will include mussel ecology, life history, conservation status, and management. The workshop will feature presentations, hand-on activities, and viewing of museum specimens. Skills learned during the workshop will be put to use during a field excursion to the San Saba and Concho Rivers. This course fills the need for students, academics, or professionals that are interested in or are currently working with freshwater mussels. For workshop agenda and additional information, view the workshop flyer. Registration is required to attend the workshop. To register, view the Registration Form.

For questions about the workshop, contact:
Dr. Charles Randklev
Research Scientist
Texas A&M IRNR

For questions about the Llano River Field Station facilities, contact:
Dr. Tom Arsuffi
Llano River Field Station
325-446-2301 (x235)

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