Mussel inventory in Densons Creek, Montgomery County, NC

Biologists search for mussels in Densons Creek, Montgomery County, North Carolina. The mussel inventory was done in anticipation of the September, 2012 removal of the decrepit Troy Reservoir No. 1 dam. Finding and identifying mussels prior to dam removal gives biologists a chance to remove rare mussels from harm's way during the removal, and it provides a baseline against which post-removal mussel populations can be compared. Credit: Mark Cantrell/USFWS

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Taken on June 13, 2012