Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Fred is being filmed and interviewed by our friend John Barclay of Triune Arts for a documentary as he searches for clams in the gravel stream bed just downstream from where I sit. The video can be seen on Youtube .
Past them, my side of the bank becomes a point, jungly with nettles, Joe Pye Weed and Dogwood, as Golden Creek meets Lyn Creek in what Fred calls "the Lyn Creek Naith."
Today Fred has discovered the farthest upstream extent of the rare clam Ligumia nasuta in Golden Creek. We found the first shell of this elegant little mussel in Lyn Creek in 2005 and the first live individual in 2006. This is one of only three spots in Ontario where the "Eastern Pond Mussel" persists. Before the Zebra Mussel invasion it was one of the four most abundant native fresh water mussels in the Great Lakes.