Saturday, August 5, 2017 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
Limit 20 participants. Admission is free with advanced registration.
Register at 276-783-2125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshwater mussels are an integral component of American rivers and streams, which are home to approximately one-third of the world’s total species. Mussels are one of the few animals that improve water quality by filtering bacteria and algae.
Raising mussels to release back into our local rivers is the main focus of work at Virginia’s Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Center at the Buller Fish Hatchery near Marion, VA. On this tour see how biologists produce stocks of rare and imperiled species of freshwater mussels for release back to the wild. The mussels’ host fish, like catfish, small-mouth bass, and darters, are also raised at the center.
Buller Fish Hatchery, 1724 Buller Hatchery Rd, Marion, Virginia 24354
The hatchery at Exit 39 of I-81 is about 35 minutes from Abingdon.