Montana ​Biological Survey and Stag Benthics, SP

News Worthy


  • August 2017--Montana Biological Survey was awarded EPA's Clark Fork River Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Contract that has been ongoing since the 90's.  MBS feels honored to take this project over from Dan McGuire who's been the "bug guy" on the Clark Fork since the beginning.  Watch the Focal Projects Section or MBS on Facebook for updates. 


  • June 2017--Montana Biological Survey Assisted Nez Pierce Tribes IDF&G and USFS Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest salvage >15,000 western pearlshell mussel in a restored placer mined reach of Lolo Creek, a tributary to the Clearwater River.


  • May 2017--Montana Biological Survey began an effectiveness monitoring  project with Northwestern Energy on reaches of O'Dell Creek in the Madison restored by River Design Group. 


  • March 2017--David Stagliano presented the state of the western pearlshell mussel in Montana at the Native Species/Mussel Section of the Oregon AFS meeting in Bend, Oregon:  OR AFS

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  • March 2017--David Stagliano was interviewed for the "Mussel Loss" Article in the popular Montana Outdoors magazine...check it out on their website:  Montana Outdoors


  • Jan 31st--Montana Biological Survey delivered the final 2016 report on the Aquatic and Fisheries of the Tintina Black Butte Copper Project. This will be included into the updated, resubmitted MDEQ Mine Permit, watch the MDEQ website for the revised permit:  DEQ Tintina Copper Project


  • Jan 31st--Montana Biological Survey delivered the Final Report on the 2016 Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Baseline Study on the Missouri River to the Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance (UMOWA)--watch the UMOWA  website for the posted report: UMOWA  
  • December 2016--Montana Biological Survey Aquatic Ecologist was interviewed by the Pacific Standard in Portland, Oregon for a news article on the declining western pearlshell mussel: The delightful-and-doomed-mollusks-among-us