Dr. Rob Dillon, Coordinator

Friday, August 3, 2001

Banff Snail Blitz

To the FWGNA group,

I thought I'd take the opportunity to pass along some excellent news from Dwayne Lepitzki of Wildlife Systems Research in Banff. The "Banff Springs Snail," Physa johnsoni, is featured on the Government of Canada's 2001 species at risk poster!

The poster ("Big or Small, We Protect Them All") may be ordered from the website free of charge, even by those of us from south of the border. I ordered mine July 15 and was pleased to receive it today.

The reverse of the poster features a nice, popular write-up on P. johnsoni, including sections on its habitat, threats, and recovery plans. There's even a photo of Dwayne and Linda Lepitzki monitoring snail numbers.

As an added bonus, the text and photos from the back of the poster headline "Envirozine," Environment Canada's on-line newsmagazine for the week of August 3.

Congratulations are in order for Dwayne and all his colleagues for moving The Cause of freshwater gastropod conservation into the spotlight. Keep up the good work!