Monday, March 17, 2003

Volunteerism at its best

A great story from the Curry Coastal Pilot: Alice Pfand, a volunteer in Oregon monitoring Garrison Lake for zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), found some odd snails and sent a photo in for identification. Turns out they were New Zealand mudsnails (Potamopyrgus antipodarum), the first siting of the invasive mollusk in that state. The mudsnails have been known in the western U.S. since the 1980's, when they were discovered in a river in Idaho. As a reward, Alice got an "Eagle Eye Award," given by Oregon specifically for assistance in the battle against invasive species.

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