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Exercise muscles against mussels

April 28, 2019 GMT

Flex a few leg muscles during upcoming mussel walks along Flathead Lake and learn how to identify the aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their destructive establishment in the lake.

The walks will be hosted by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Flathead Lakers, the Flathead Lake Biological Station and Montana State Parks.

The 2019 Flathead Lake Mussel Walks will be:

May 1 - Flathead Lake State Park: West Shore Unit, Lakeside

May 2 - Flathead Lake Biological Station, Yellow Bay

May 3 - Salish Point, Polson

May 17 - Flathead Lake State Park: Wayfarers Unit, Bigfork

May 24 - Whitefish City Beach

Each community mussel walk will begin at 9 a.m. with educational activities and a mussel-detecting dog demonstration, followed by the mussel walk and beach cleanup.

The walks are open to the public, and local middle school students will be in attendance. Each walk should conclude no later than 11 am.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Flathead Lakers encourage residents to learn how to inspect shorelines and docks for potential mussels infestation.

For more information, go to http://csktnomussels.org or www.flatheadlakers.org or contact Erik Hanson, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, at 406-883-2888 or Erik.Hanson@cskt.org.