• Your donation will be used for food, aquariums and other
supplies to care for your mussel(s).
• Funds also support ORF’s work restoring critical
habitat for mussels and other aquatic creatures.
• As an adoptive “parent,” you’ll receive
an email with a Certificate of Adoption, photo and fact sheet.
• You will not be able to visit your mussel(s) -- they have
demanding work schedules!
Donations to ORF are tax-deductible to the full extent of
If you prefer to mail a check, please address it to:
Ohio River FoundationAttn: Membership Department4480
Classic DriveCincinnati, OH 4524
To make your donation by phone, call 513-460-3365.
Support river restoration and our Mussels in the Classroom education
program by adopting our mussels! For just $25, you can help us care for
these adorable animals. Our mussels were raised and reared in a
research facility and were not taken from the wild.
Freshwater mussels serve as our rivers' natural filters, straining
the water and eating everything from dead leaves to algae. But
pollution, habitat destruction and overfishing are taking a toll on
these important animals: Nearly half of the 127 mussel species once found in
the Ohio River Basin are now considered extinct, endangered or species
Ohio River Foundation’s mussels visit classrooms around the
region, serving as ambassadors, promoting a healthy environment and
helping enhance student education. Mussels in the Classroom (MIC) is
the first program of its kind in the nation, serving thousands of
students each year.
Symbolically adopting for a friend or loved one is the perfect gift
for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. Make Adopt a Mussel an
annual tradition for your family!
Feel free to adopt one or several mussels. To help you choose,
we’ve put together bios of our adoptable mollusks. Individuals
who donate at the $100 level or above will be featured on our Adopt
a Mussel Donor Recognition Page.
Select a Mussel – Once you've selected your
mussel(s), click on and highlight “Adopt Me” below its
photo. Then scroll down to the donation form to provide your
information. Thank you for your support!
Mariah Mussel, MIC Tag #39
The most glamorous of our mussels, Mariah likes to hang out among
the fancy rocks on the riverbed, like Quartz. She’s proud that
she won ‘Miss Mussel 2018’.
Maverick Mussel, MIC Tag #42
Maverick is feisty, and will squirt you if you try to pick him up.
He is not afraid of working hard and getting dirty, and is always
trying to break his own record for gallons filtered in a day.
Moe Mussel, MIC Tag #5
Moe enjoys attending the Cincinnati Coffee Festival as a mussel
ambassador, and believes that his filtration makes the best coffee. He
also believes the crowds have actually come to see him.
Mandy Mussel, MIC Tag #4
A lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, Mandy dreams of being the next Reds
mascot. She likes to pretend she is running the bases with her foot,
leaving trails on the riverbed.
Monty Mussel, MIC Tag #18
Monty is a bodybuilder, and likes to show off his
‘muscles’ to the other mussels. He believes he can bury
into the bottom substrate faster than any other mussel.
Maryann Mussel, MIC Tag #13
A self-proclaimed nerd about water quality, she always ensures that
the water she expels is of the highest quality.
Melody Mussel, MIC Tag #1
You will often see Melody with her foot out, freely exploring her
surroundings. She enjoys her 100% organic, vegan diet of algae.
Mike Mussel, MIC Tag #15
Mike fancies himself a superhero for filtering pollutants out of the
water. He secretly calls himself the ‘pollution solution’
when he is pretending to be a superhero.
Matt Mussel, MIC Tag #2
A true patriot, Matt loves that he lives in the Ohio River Valley,
where the highest diversity of freshwater mussels exists of anywhere
in the world.
Michele Mussel, MIC Tag #12
Michele is serious about interior design, and enjoys coating the
inside of her shell with pearly pinks and whites.
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