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Old 08-23-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Freshwater Mollusks Conservation Society
Freshwater Mollusks are important

North American streams, rivers, and lakes support the richest diversity of freshwater mollusks on the planet. Over 650 species of snails and 300 species of freshwater mussels have been described by scientists so far. While there are species associated with every type of aquatic habitat, the greatest diversity is found in flowing streams.

Our freshwater mollusks are not only a fascinating part of our natural heritage but have global significance. As a group, they serve vital functions in freshwater ecosystems and many species are commercially important. Their life history is amazing, and the behavior ranges from the simple to the bizarre and unbelievable.

Unfortunately, freshwater mollusks are the most imperiled group of animals in America, and many populations are disappearing at an alarming rate. This decline is telling us something because mollusks are good indicators of healthy ecosystems. What is happening to our nation’s freshwater systems? How does is affect people?
FMCS-Freshwater Mollusk Conservation

About Us
Who are we? Introduction to the FMCS

The Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS) is dedicated to the conservation of and advocacy of freshwater mollusks, North America's most imperiled animals. Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in freshwater mollusks who supports the stated purposes of the Society which are as follows:
1) Advocate conservation of freshwater molluscan resources,
2) Serve as a conduit for information about freshwater mollusks,
3) Promote science-based management of freshwater mollusks,
4) Promote and facilitate education and awareness about freshwater mollusks and their function in freshwater ecosystems,
5) Assist with the facilitation of the National Strategy for the Conservation of Native Freshwater Mussels (Journal of Shellfish Research, 1999, Volume 17, Number 5), and a similar strategy under development for freshwater gastropods.
Freshwater Mollusks Conservation Society
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
Aldo Leopold

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