On Saturday, September 28, Minnesota DNR Malacologist Bernard Sietman will be at Memorial Park in Granite Falls at 10:00 a.m. to introduce interested individuals about the wonderful world of mussels and river health.
On Saturday, September 28, Minnesota DNR Malacologist Bernard Sietman will be at Memorial Park in Granite Falls at 10:00 a.m. to introduce interested individuals about the wonderful world of mussels and river health. Sietman is one of two specialists in the State of Minnesota that works with mussels. During his time at the park he’ll provide an overview of different mussel species and characteristics for identification, as well as how to gauge the health of the river overall. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. A Missouri Native, Sietman has worked on mussels in 13 states for a period of 20 years as a student, consultant, and biologist for Missouri and Illinois. He has been with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (CNR) since 2002. The malacologist said that his first memory of a mussel was when he was about 12 years old. His father reeled in a ‘giant floater’ he accidentally hooked while fishing, though he wouldn’t learn just what species had been hooked until many years later. The event is being hosted by Clean Up the River Environment as a component of its Events and Adventure Series, which is a new program to engage people of all ages and to inspire them to learn more about and experience the Upper Minnesota River Watershed. Founded in 1992, Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) is a private, nonprofit organization working to celebrate, protect, and restore the Upper Minnesota River Watershed. For more information or to register for the Mussel Field Day, please call CURE at 1-877-269-2873 or email us at Peg@cureriver.org. The event is free and open to the public.