Development of a Research Framework to Aid in Mussel Management and Conservation in the Fox River Watershed

Challenges:

  • Standard protocols; data collection/curation

  • Strategic site/survey selection

  1. Historical inventories-Extant and distribution of Mussels

  2. Substrate habitat (T. Slawski, SEWRPC, substrate data?)

  3. Fish community

  4. Water quality

  • Visibility

    • Volunteers

    • Legislatures

  • WCLC—Grant opportunity

  • Phenology/ basic life history traits (e.g. rainbow lure phenology)

    • Ellipse—cold water physiological hosts (McHenry County data?)

 

Action Items:

  1. 2019 Citizen Science Training

  2. Begin development of Mussel Database

  3. Develop sampling protocols

 

Group Facilitator: Todd Levine, Carrol University, levinetd@gmail.com &

Lisie Kitchel, WDNR, Lisie.Kitchel@wisconsin.gov

 

Sign up List:

Jesse Weinzinger, WDNR , Jesse.Weinzinger@wisconsin.gov

Stephen Levas, levass@uww.edu

Tom Slawski, SEWRPC, tslawski@sewrpc.org

Todd Levine and Lisie Kitchel's 2019 Fox River Summit Presentation Synopsis

Todd Levine's 2016 Fox

River Summit Presentation:

Clamming Up: The Unexpected Natural History and Conservation of Freshwater Mussels in the Fox River and Tributaries