Thursday, March 16, 2006

But I Want One!!!!

This may be the coolest invasive species schwag ever:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the Prefix Corporation to make these neat acrylic paperweights. They are filled with real zebra mussel shells (Dreissena polymorpha). The paperweights are an outreach effort of the 100th Meridian Initiative, a project with the goal of keeping zebra mussels and other invasive aquatic species from spreading west of the 100' longitude line that divides North America.

The bad news is that you probably have to be a pretty big bigwig to get one of these, since they cost about $35 each and you have to buy them in packages of ten. The press release recommends targeting your favorite legislators. Oh well...


Anonymous said...

That paperweight is too cool by half. I would be willing to pool assets to get one. Why don't you suggest interested parties send you a check? I am definitely in. Please advise whether you would like to put up with the nuisance of coordinating this. I might even spring for two for an investment of $70.

Jennifer Forman Orth said...

I think there is a greater chance of me becoming a Congresscritter and getting gifted with one of these than of getting 8 people to each send one person $40 to buy and ship them out :-).