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  • Ethan Nedeau and staff from his ecological consulting firm, Biodrawversity, conduct a survey of freshwater mussels in a tributary of the Connecticut River.
  • Ethan holds a sample of mussels from the Ashuelot River in New Hampshire: endangered dwarfwedge mussel, Eastern elliptio (top) and Eastern lampmussel (right).
  • The Eastern brook trout, as drawn by Ethan Nedeau, a freshwater "canary in a coalmine" that needs cool, clean and well-oxygenated running water, with access to a variety of good stream and river habitats throughout the year.
  • The tree frog can be heard on early summer days trilling in the woods near rivers, looking for a mate. Its call is often mistaken for a bird.
  • The American eel is a catadromous fish. It breeds in the Sargasso Sea and heads for fresh and brackish waters (including the Connecticut River) then returns to the sea to breed.
  • The brook floater is one of 12 species of freshwater mussels found in the Connecticut River watershed. Of those, eight are endangered, threatened or of special concern.
  • The caddisfly larva carries its home on its back, sometimes using sticks or stones to assemble its traveling home.
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