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August 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City

"No Mama's Boy Float Trip - A 340-mile river race across the state of Missouri"

presentation by Scott Mansker, founder of Rivermiles and race organizer of the Missouri American Water MR340

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161
Click here for flier (pdf)»
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE!

Please support our partner by coming early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment! Happy Hour till 7:00

The website for the MR340 says: "Imagine a race across the entire state of Missouri, just you and your boat thrown against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs and rain. This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip. This race promises to test your mettle from the first stroke in Kansas City to the last gasp in St. Charles. Just entering it will impress your friends. Finishing it will astound them… and winning it? Well, you always thought you were sort of a legend anyway, didn’t you? It’s time to prove it."

One of the world's most challenging physical endurance tests happens right here on the Missouri River. The 7th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 is taking place July 31 - Aug. 3 from Kansas City, KS to St. Charles, MO. Paddlers must make the journey in 88 hours or less, with the fastest boats finishing the trip in a day and a half. Just a few days after the end of this year's epic race, organizer Scott Mansker will join a panel of paddlers and race volunteers to discuss how the race works, what it takes to finish and why it's become the biggest event on the Missouri River.

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August 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles

"One River - One Problem"

Presented by Tony Messenger, columnist at St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

5 p.m. Afternoon paddle through historic St. Charles on the Big Muddy Adventure's Junebug canoe. (more info below)2011flood
6. p.m. Meet at Big A's Restaurant
6:30 p.m. Presentation
At Big A's Restaurant
308 N Main St. -  St Charles, MO
(636) 949-9900
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! This is our second Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations in St. Charles. Thanks to Greg Poleski of Greenway Network for getting this series rolling!

NOTE - before the presentation, you will have the opportunity to hop on the big Junebug canoe with Mike Clark from Big Muddy Adventures for a short paddle through downtown St. Charles. Park near Big A's and walk towards the river. We'll have canoes ready to go on the riverbank near Big A's (Note - this plan has changed from what was previously posted)

The Great Flood of 2011 is still changing the way citizens and leaders are looking at how we live with the Missouri River. Since the flooding began last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has been running a series of articles titled "One River, One Problem" calling for states, tribes and stakeholders to come together and develop a sensible plan for management of the Missouri River.

St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger will join us to discuss his ideas for what needs to happen along the river, what positive steps and missteps politicians are already making on this and why this is important to Missourians. The three main goals outlined in the articles are: creating more room in the floodplain to let the river roam during extreme events, as outlined in the original Flood Control Act of 1944; increasing flood storage capacity in the reservoir system; and reducing development encroachment on the floodplain.

A special thank you to Greg Poleski of Greenway Network for making this happen in St. Charles!

photo: Decatur area, photo by Lee Valley Auction.

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July 11 Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles 2012

"Pearls along the River - The Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge"

Presented by Tom Bell, Manager for the Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge". Talk will be preceded by a walk along the Missouri River through historic St. Charles.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012Jameson Island and Lisbon Bottoms

5 p.m. Informative river walk through historic St. Charles
6. p.m. Meet at Big A's Restaurant
6:30 p.m. Presentation
At Big A's Restaurant
308 N Main St. -  St Charles, MO
(636) 949-9900
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! This is our first of many (we hope) Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations in St. Charles. Show up to help kick off this great educational series!

NOTE - before the presentation, there will be a short informative walk through historic St. Charles to the First Capital Building. Meet at Big A's at 5 p.m. to go on the walk.

The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 11 separate units totalling approximately 16,000 acres located along the Missouri River floodplain between Kansas City and the St. Louis area. Using a passive management model, these "pearls on a string" include chutes, islands, wet prairies, bottomland forests, scour holes and lakes and areas that are allowed to flood in high water.

The St. Louis metro area has two units of the refuge, Boone's Crossing and Cora Island, yet few people in the public realize this amazing resource is at their back door. Refuge Manager Tom Bell will join us for a presentation on the refuge, including the history, and overview of the refuge units across the state, plans for restoration projects in the refuge and what they've learned since the refuge started.

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July 11 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2012

"Invasion Carp!"

Presented by Duane Chapman, research fisheries biologist for the USGS Invasive Carp Research Program at the River Studies Branch of Columbia Environmental Research Center.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! Click here for flier (pdf)

Please support our partner by coming early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment! Happy Hour till 7:00

The infamous flying carp

One of the most "charismatic megafauna" of the Missouri River doesn't actually belong there. Actually, there are several species of recently introduced asian carp that are changing the ecosystem of the river.

Throughout the Mississippi River watershed, and now potentially the Great Lakes, "Flying Carp" have been flopping their way into people's boats and all over You-Tube. But much of the havoc they are wreaking is under water. USGS biologist Duane Chapman has been on the front lines of the asian carp invasion across the world. He'll join us for an update on what is being learned about these new big river inhabitants and their effects on our rivers.

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July 10 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2012

"Canada Geese Up Close"

presented by wildlife photographer, videographer and biologist Glenn Chambersgeese in flight

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)
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Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

Canada geese are an inextricable thread of the Missouri River ecological tapestry. While tens of thousands migrate up and down the river valley each fall and spring, remnant populations of "Giant Canada geese" continue to nest in the limestone bluffs along its banks. They crowd noisily on sandbars and form giant, confused "v's" in the sky during migration. That wasn't always the case. By the 1930's, these intimidating birds were thought to be extinct. Restoration began in 1949 in Missouri, and we are all witness to its success.

World renown wildlife photographer and filmmaker Glenn Chambers will share a unique view of these ubiquitous birds and the story of how he trained geese to fly alongside an aircraft to capture unparalleled images of geese in flight through the Missouri River valley.

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