I thought this was a great article. I have only read one book on clams and snails my whole life and so I have very limited knowledge on it. Freshwater aquatic life is something in general I know very little about and most of what I do know is centered around plants like the aquatic ferns.
This article though briefly talks about breeding clams, how they use fish during a parasitic stage as larva, and how mud pollution and dams can damage streams and really help reduce wildlife. I remember reading while in Washington state over ten years ago how after they begin blowing up dams, and removing old forgotten dams it increased the number of fish species, especially helping salmon and other migrating steam fishes. It also shares some ideas on how to help your local river conservationists by purchasing fishing licenses even if you don’t ever fish because part of that finding goes towards them. Though I imagine people can just donate as well.
It does seem that the better protected the rivers, ponds and watersheds are a byproduct is the better the ecosystems leading up to them are protected. It’s a pretty cool article.
Does anyone in here spend a lot of time dealing with freshwater ecosystems? I’m thinking that since I often like to hike and camp occasionally I’ll start visiting sites on rivers to study it, enjoy it and hopefully help fund it.