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.