Musseling on a Merrimack Meander

August 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Merrimack River Outdoor Education & Conservation Center
34 Portsmouth St
Concord, NH 03301
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
(603) 224-9945
Musseling on a Merrimack Meander @ Merrimack River Outdoor Education & Conservation Center | Concord | New Hampshire | United States

Join the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society) to go “musseling” on a meander of the Merrimack River at the Conservation Center on Friday, August 15 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Linden Rayton, Merrimack River floodplain educator, will lead an all-ages program in which participants will spend time catching (and releasing) freshwater mussels, small fish and other aquatic life. Once the program has ended, you will be in the perfect spot to cool off with a dip in the river.

Eastern North America has the greatest diversity of freshwater mussel species in the world. These mussels, including our species in the Merrimack River, serve very important roles in the natural world; they are food for Conservation Center animals like otters and raccoons, and by their filter-feeding they keep the waters clear and clean — something greatly appreciated by recreating humans. There is a 15-minute walk to the musseling site that travels through many interesting habitats, so come prepared for an afternoon of discovery.

“Mussels are an overlooked beauty in the river,” says Rayton. “Along with the many small fish that call the meander home, they live in a special part of the river that is shallow and fun to explore.”

What to bring: Bathing suits, floats, snorkels, masks and goggles, and your own nets are all appropriate to bring. Consider wearing long pants for the walk to and from the musseling site.

Find more information and RSVP for this free event here. Space is limited, so reserve now.

The Forest Society is a private, nonprofit land trust and forestry organization established in 1901. It currently holds more than 750 conservation easements statewide permanently protecting more than 125,000 acres of New Hampshire’s landscapes. The Forest Society also owns over 180 forest reservations constituting more than 50,000 acres in 100 New Hampshire communities.