2022 Mussel Events

We appreciate your interest in events related to the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program!

If you'd like to be added to the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program's e-mail distribution list or if you have questions about the program, contact: Jesse Weinzinger (608) 576-8631, [email protected]. Questions regarding permitting or other information, contact: Lisie Kitchel (608) 220-5180, [email protected].

Organization: North American Lake Management Society
Location: Holiday Inn, Stevens Point
Date: Apr 6, 2022
Time: 9am - noon
This workshop serves to train volunteers to monitor mussels, but anyone with an interest in learning more about mussels is welcome to join. Classroom instruction will cover native mussel ecology, habitat, threats, and resiliency. Participants will also learn hands-on, how to identify native mussels using shell specimens collected from Wisconsin's lakes and rivers. We will focus on distinguishing mussels with similar growth forms and the differentiating habitats they occupy. This workshop will cover the guidelines for completing a mussel monitoring survey, as well as address the latest updates on mussel monitoring and research.
Organization: Waukesha County Parks and WDNR
Location: Mukwonago Park, Mukwonago
Date: Jun 6, 2022
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Waukesha County Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's Mussel Biologists at Mukwonago County Park in the Mukwonago River watershed to learn more about our native mussels and how you can help survey for mussels that occur Waukesha County's waterways! At this training, you will learn about mussels' critical importance to our waterways, their unique lifecycle, and what characteristics to use to help identify them.
Organization: Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Location: North Lakeland Discovery Center, Manitowish Waters
Date: Jul 16, 2022
Time: 10am - 5pm
Paddle the scenic Manitowish River in search of native mussels (or clams) along the way. Learn about our state's 52 species of mussels, their amazing life cycle, interrelationship with fish, and contributions to the history of Wisconsin, from food to pearls to buttons. Canoe and gear provided.
Organization: Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Location: Mukwonago Park, Mukwonago
Date: Jul 30, 2022
Time: 9am - noon
Wade in the cool waters of the Mukwonago River to search for one of our state's most diverse yet hidden treasures: freshwater mussels (clams). Learn about our 52 native species, their fascinating life cycle, and their amazing contributions to the history of Wisconsin. Great fun for kids and adults!