Aquatic Conservation

Invertebrates live in every type of aquatic habitat, from streams and seeps to marshes and lakes. Aquatic invertebrates such as stoneflies, mayflies, mussels, and midges play critical roles in sustaining healthy aquatic ecosystems, and are at the center of the aquatic food web. The winged adult forms of many aquatic insects also provide a huge amount of the food for terrestrial birds, bats, and reptiles. Aquatic invertebrates and the habitats that sustain them are seriously imperiled. In the United States, over half of the wetlands that existed in the 1600s have been lost, and a recent nationwide stream survey found pesticides or their degradates in all the streams sampled. The Aquatic Conservation program works to protect aquatic invertebrates and the ecosystems that sustain them.

Current Projects

Learn more and get involved with the Aquatic Conservation projects.

Our Work

Check out some of the work the aquatic team has been doing!

Upcoming Events

Freshwater Mussel Survey – Portland, OR

Sunday, September 14, 2014 & Monday, September 15, 2014 Sunday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Monday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday: Westmoreland Park; Monday: Union Manor Portland, OR Join the Xerces Society and Crystal Springs Partnership for an all-day event that includes a training session and stream survey. Learn about the life history and biology of freshwater mussels and help researchers survey for freshwater mussels in Portland Oregon's Crystal Springs Creek. Volunteers will spend the day in and near the stream to survey for mussels, record habitat data, and use their identification skills to help identify native mussels and non-native clams. Please register for one or both survey days. Click here for more information and to register for this event.

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Aquatic Conservation
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Dragonfly Pond Watch

Contribute your local dragonfly sightings to this Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP) citizen science project. Learn more.

Identification Guides
Field Guide for Migratory Dragonflies

Download the MDP field guide and view additional Xerces guides to identify stream and wetland invertebrates. Click here.

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