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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mollusk Madness

Did you ever think that I'd write about mollusks three times in a week? Me neither, but I swear, this is the last time. So far we've covered land snails and slugs. Now we'll look at the ones that we here in New England are most familiar with--clams. I was pleased to hear the news that the closed clam beds in the Boston area are now open again. Sadly, NH's areas still remain closed. (Click here for a little information about red tide from the NH Dept. of Environmental Services.)

While you're waiting for the clams to be safe to eat, you can still go to the beach to collect shells. Pick up one of our identification guides before you go, you'll find them in the 594 section. The Smithsonian Handbook, Shells: The Photographic Recognition Guide to the Seashells of the World by S. Peter Dance [594.147 DAN] is a good general guide.

If you take your kids along to the beach, you're bound to come home with a pail full of shells. Stop at the library for Cool Shells: Creating Fun and Fascinating Collections! by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann [J 594.147 SAL] and keep the kids busy sorting through their treasures.

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