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Lampreys – North America’s Most Misunderstood Fishes

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May 11, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Rocklin Campus S 111 (Sewell Hall)
5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677
$5 general, $2 students/seniors, Museum members free
Jennifer Skillen, jskillen@sierracollege.edu

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Stewart Reid with Trinity similisGet to know the oldest and most misunderstood fishes in North America - lampreys. We'll explore the biology, diversity, and conservation of these fascinating ancient fishes. We'll learn how lampreys start out as an eyelash-sized larva (ammocoete) and grow to the size of a pencil hidden in the stream bottom, and how they filter the river's water and mix the sediment like an earthworm.

Then we'll follow their journey, riding the flood downriver and out to sea where they ride fishes and whales along the coast. Eventually they sniff out a good river and work their way upstream, climbing waterfalls along the way, to build a nest, spawn and die.

We will also examine the conservation status of different lampreys - how they are doing, what their challenges are, and what we can do to ensure their long-term survival. Come prepared to ask lots of questions!

Sponsored by: Natural History Museum

For more information: http://www.sierracollege.edu/about-us/beyond-the-classroom/nat-hist-museum/index.php

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