by Crystal Cockman
December 27, 2017
You may remember me writing about taking a trip on the Black River near Wilmington to see some ancient bald cypress. Andy Wood, Director of the Coastal Plain Conservation Group (CPCG), led this trip. CPCG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to protect rare and imperiled plants and wildlife and the habitats that benefit them and us. Andy brought some interesting plants and animals along to share with the group as we made the long trip back to Wilmington. One of these critters was particularly special, as it is one of Earth’s rarest animal species – the Magnificent ramshorn (Planorbella magnifica).
This critically-imperiled and salt-intolerant freshwater snail once inhabited beaver ponds and blackwater streams within the lower Cape Fear River Basin, including Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake where it was last documented in the mid-1900s. Unfortunately, this largest North American aquatic lunged snail has not been seen anywhere in the wild since 2004. [Read more…]