2020 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) 397-0198, [email protected]. Questions regarding permitting or other information, contact: Lisie Kitchel (608) 220-5180, [email protected].

Organization: Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program
Location: Oconto River @ Machickanee Flowage, Wisconsin River @ Nekoosa, Plover River @ Jordan Pond
Dates: TBD
Time: varies
As the summer continues, several drawdowns are being planned to help maintain or improve existing infrastructures. The Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program (WMMP) staff see these drawdowns as an opportunity to better identify suitable habitats, mussel beds and introduce mussel conservation to the public. If you'd like to participate in a salvage effort, please contact Jesse Weinzinger, DNR Conservation Biologist, at [email protected] or 608-397-0198.
Organization: Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program
Location: Old Mill Park
Date: Jul 8, 2021
Time: 9am - 2pm
A drawdown at Pella Pond is being planned to help maintain or improve a local dam. The Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program (WMMP) sees this as an opportunity to better identify suitable habitats, mussel beds, and introduce mussel conservation to the public. Salvage efforts will start with a basic introduction to mussels and their importance to each targeted waterbody. Participants will then identify areas of gravel or complex substrates within the drawn down zone to target the best exposed habitat for mussel presence. Once mussels are located, participants will place live individuals into buckets until they are identified. Live mussels will then be relocated into permanent standing waters where they are out of harms way and free to move as they please.
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters, WI
Date: Jul 10, 2021
Time: 9am - noon
Over half of Wisconsin's 50 native mussel species are listed as species of greatest conservation need. Currently, there are still many unknowns on where different mussel species live. Join WDNR Conservation Biologist Jesse Weinzinger and the Discovery Center Water Team to "dive" into the world of mussels. We will start on land with an introduction to mussels and their identification. We will then cruise the waters of Vance Lake on the Manitowish River, searching for mussels and learning how to identify them in the field. Participants will meet at NLDC for the on-land portion before caravanning to nearby Vance Lake. Canoes/PFDs provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. $30 ($25 members). ** Please bring a facial covering to where when we cannot be socially distant from one another ** Register by July 7.
Organization: Milwaukee Riverkeeper and the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program
Location: Covered Bridge Park, Cedarburg, WI
Date: Aug 14, 2021
Time: 9am - noon
Plans for a complete reconstruction of the bridge and approaches of Covered Bridge Road bridge in the Town of Cedarburg are in development. Expected in-stream impacts are likely to affect the 13 species of freshwater mussels known to occur near the bridge. Therefore, Milwaukee Riverkeeper and the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program plans to relocate native mussels within the impact area. Please join us as we learn about the importance of our native mussels, including why and how we conduct mussel relocations for in-stream development projects.