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Become a conservation volunteer with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
Contact Jared McGovern at email@example.com or 563-557-9545 x215.
LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
JOIN CONSERVATION ACTION DAYS
Our monarch vision is that native, pollinator-friendly plantings become the norm in gardens, throughout cities, and within farmlands. This will create a conservation corridor between Canada and Mexico, leading to annual celebrations of monarch migrations and the comeback of this amazing species.
SAFE stands for Saving Animals From Extinction. The purpose of SAFE programs is to bring groups of AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) members together with field-based partners to enhance the probability of conservation success for threatened species or a group of related taxa in the wild. SAFE species programs help AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums do more conservation in a better way.
Specifically, SAFE species programs:
Join us and all of our partners across the country by:
Lean more about how you can become a steward in your own back yard by visiting and participating in our partners programs below.
Good Neighbor Iowa
Plant. Grow. Fly.
MOWING TO MONARCHS
What’s SUPSY? Other than a terrible pun, SUPSY stands for Submersible, UPwelling, SYstem. A tool used in raising juvenile freshwater mussels to a size large enough where they can be tagged and released back into the wild as part of varying species restoration projects.The project is led by our partners with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Genoa National Fish Hatchery and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
North America has the highest diversity of freshwater mussels in the world. These magnificent mollusks are considered by many scientists to be the most imperiled group of animals in North America, with roughly 70 percent extinct or imperiled. What is more, the general public is still largely unaware of this problem and unaware of mussels' importance as natural water filters, nutrient cyclers, and a keystone of our freshwater habitats.
This is where we come in.The River Museum works to inspire stewardship, and hope by engaging our community in real, authentic, conservation. We engage high school and college students in formal mussel programming and internships, museum visitors who wander onto our dock, and people walking the stream bank on the Bee Branch Creek. We flex our conservation "mussels" by engaging others in and connecting people to the restoration of these imperiled species.
Become a river steward by joining us in our work or serve as a citizen scientist and contribute to a valuable data set through the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program linked below.
CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING WISCONSIN MUSSEL MONITORING PROGRAM