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Endangered clams and snails in Alabama

February 19, 2011

Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity CenterI have finally arrived at the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center in Marion, a 10-hour drive through the middle of Atlanta (arghhh), Birmingham, Centreville and then dropping down to the inner coastal plain where the land began to flatten out. When I stepped out of the car, a loud blast of sound welcomed me — a chorus of spring peeper frog calls! There are local wetlands as well as fish ponds at the old USFWS fish hatchery that has been converted into a center for the study of fish hosts for freshwater mussels, captive propagation of endangered mussels, and propogation of endangered freshwater snails. This is the first facility to work on the freshwater snail propagation. What a drive. I am totally drained.

—Art Bogan

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