An experimental project at The Wilds is attempting to preserve an animal that you may not expect...mussels. Human settlement has wiped out more than ninety percent of the mussel species in our area. With funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ohio Division of Wildlife, The Wilds is experimenting with ways to save these small, but vital animals. Mussels have been placed in some of the lakes at The Wilds and researchers watch and wait for the results. Director of The Wilds, Dr. Evan Bloomer, says they hope the end result will allow them to repopulate a number of the streams and wetlands in the Muskingum watershed and the Ohio River valley. He believes the project is signicant because mussels are important in filtering water and have a direct impact on the water quality itself.