Springfield Plateau Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist™ is a community based natural resource education and volunteer program. Its purpose is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Missouri.
Ozarks Water Watch newsletter featured a great story about our Ozarks mussels, focusing on how they use lures to "catch" fish that will raise their young. I can't improve on what Dave Casseletto has written so go just click on the story at this link.
Then for more details, an article in the recent MDC Conservationist magazine goes into greater depth on these fascinating and underrated creatures. Read the story at this link.