Seeing Blue?

Posted by Laura Hainsworth
Emory & Henry students study burrowing crayfish at the Bartlett-Crowe Field Station.

 In the BCFS wetland along the North Fork Holston river, a population of blue, burrowing crayfish (Cambarus monongalensis) excavate deep, complex burrows.   Students are participating in an ongoing study that involves estimating numbers, inspecting burrows, and investigating genetic diversity.  Little is known about these unique organisms, which are found in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. 

  • Burrowing crayfish on the grass.
    Burrowing crayfish on the grass.

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Bartlett-Crowe Field Station

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