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Collecting fish in the North Toe River | by USFWS/Southeast
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Collecting fish in the North Toe River

Every fall, the Service's Asheville Field Offices helps fifth-grade students in North Carolina's Yancey and Mitchell counties get outside and explore a stream in their community - the South Toe River for Yancey County students and the North Toe River for Mitchell County students.


The students rotate through a series of educational stations, with the Service staffing the aquatic invertebrate station as these rivers are home to an endangered mussel, the Appalachian elktoe.


Credit: Gary Peeples/USFWS

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Taken on September 18, 2015