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FIELD DAY: Learning about freshwater mussels with Bernard Sietman
October 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm$10 – $50
Join us for our fourth annual freshwater mussel field day with MN DNR malacologist, Bernard Sietman. You will be hard pressed to find anyone as passionate and knowledgeable about mussels as this transplanted Missourian. Since 2002, he has worked across Minnesota surveying mussels. One of the more excited aspects of his job is the potential discovery of a new species for the Minnesota River Basin, the Mapleleaf.
Bernard received his Master of Science degree in Biology from the Emporia State University where he studied the ecology and genetics of freshwater mussels in two local rivers. After graduation he worked as a Natural History Biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation surveying freshwater mussels, conducting landowner interviews and assisting with stream fish surveys. Sietman spent time as an Aquatic Ecologist and Assistant Technical Scientist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. Here he assisted with overseeing of a nationally renowned mollusk and fish collections.
We will begin at 10am so please arrive a little early and we will wrap up around 2pm with a sack lunch social.
If you are an educator, you may be interested in our Field Day for Teachers on October 7th. Contact our Events & Adventures Coordinator for more details.
What to bring: a sack lunch, dress for water, bring boots or water shoes and an extra set of dry clothes. Other things to consider are a walking stick to support you while walking in the water, sun screen and bug spray. There is an outdoor bathroom facility available on site.
Fees: This event is $10 for CURE members or $15 per CURE family and $35 dollars for a non-CURE member or $50 for a non-CURE family and attendance includes an annual CURE membership.
To register: Advance registration is REQUIRED and limited to 30 attendees. Reserve your spot today: https://