Learn about “Freshwater Mussels of the Western Carolinas” at Landrum Library

Published 11:30 am Monday, June 5, 2023

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LANDRUM–Conserving Carolina and the Landrum Library invite you to join them for a free lecture entitled, “Freshwater Mussels of the Western Carolinas: An Overview of Their Biology, Ecology, and Conservation,” presented by Hans Lohmeyer, freshwater ecologist and Conserving Carolina’s Stewardship Coordinator. The program will be held on Tuesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at the Landrum Library at 111 East Asbury Drive in Landrum. 

Dive into the captivating world of the freshwater mussels that are found in the mountain and foothill regions of the Carolinas, as their biology, ecology, and pressing conservation concerns are explored. This engaging talk will offer a comprehensive overview of these remarkable creatures, exploring their unique life cycle, habitat preferences and the factors contributing to their alarming decline.

Attendees will enjoy a journey through the rivers and streams that serve as the home for these hidden gems. Discover the intricate relationship between freshwater mussels and their environment as we explore their vital role in maintaining water quality and stream bed stability. Gain insight into the fascinating reproductive strategies and the complex interactions that shape their existence.

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This presentation will also shed light on the challenges faced by freshwater mussels, focusing on factors that have led to their decline, including habitat degradation, pollution and changes in river flow patterns. 

By the end of the presentation, you will develop a deeper appreciation for the significance of freshwater mussels and the urgent need for their conservation. Discover how researchers and conservationists are coming together to protect these imperiled species, implementing innovative strategies to restore their habitats and raise awareness about their importance.

This lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at the Landrum Library, and it is made possible thanks to the Landrum Library. The next program at the Landrum Library will be held on July 11, when naturalist Tim Lee will present, “Armadillos in the Carolinas! 

For more information, contact Pam Torlina at pam@conservingcarolina.org, or contact the Landrum Library at 864-457-2218.


Submitted by Pam Torlna