The last time we were here was 1976, on the "Mayes Expedition" when Frank and Fred "did"
Lake Erie while I replenished our expeditionary coffers by doing portraits in Toronto. We weren't studying native freshwater (unionid) mussels then, but mainly focused on the toads. Now the unionids have been almost totally killed off by the invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels which with only a modest number of snails make up most of Fred's samples. We see only one native mussel shell fragment on our visit to this stretch of the beach today.
Dear patrons and supporters,
This painting, in my current series, "Lake Erie" is for sale by auction to support our work on the 30 Years Later project, as we revisit places we studied over the past three decades. If you would like to purchase it, please send your bid to me Bidding is open for one week from posting date, ending on 1 December at 1:00 am eastern daylight time. The starting price is $250.