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Sept 12 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2012

"Monitoring Birds on the Missouri River"

presentation by Ethan Duke, Assistant Director and co-founder of Missouri River Bird Observatory

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

6 p.m. Social Hourgoldencrownedkinglet
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161
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(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 Missouri River and its adjacent wetlands are a major corridor for migrating songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. Recognizing the need to monitor and catalogue this massive avian movement, Ethan Duke and Dana Ripper took their collective bird monitoring experience in 2009 and started the Missouri River Bird Observatory. The mission of this bunch of hard working biologists is to contribute to the conservation of Missouri's migratory and resident birds through scientific research and monitoring, community outreach and education.

Join us as Ethan Duke shares stories of their work in the Missouri wilds, his take on the state of our bird populations and the successes of their inspiring program.

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Sept 11 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2012

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Bee on butterfly milkweed blossom. Photo courtesy of USFWS.

"Bottomland Bees"

presented by Wedge Watkins, biologist for the Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, September 11, 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!

Most often, bees are thought of annoying creatures that fly around in the summer, and occasionally sting. Biologist Wedge Watkins knows that isn't the case. Bees are an essential part to the pollination and overall livelihood of flowering plants. These flying creatures are responsible for pollinating over 75 percent of  flowering plants and almost 75 percent of crops. Because these creatures do not migrate, it is important to understand where the bees habitate. Without this knowledge monitoring plant communities and climate adaptation would be very difficult.  

Refuge biologist and Midwest Region Pollinator Coordinator Wedge Watkins will share more information about these native populations of bees, an update on the Overton Bottoms survey, as well as his recent work with a new survey that started this summer.

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Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is a monthly series of presentations on Missouri River ecology, history, biology and more by experts in their field. There are now three locations for the series, in Rocheport, Kansas City and St. Charles.

The St. Charles series is held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Big A's Restaurant in historic downtown St. Charles.

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St. James Winery supports River Relief!

We are really proud that St. James Winery, one of the largest wineries in the state of Missouri, has adopted Missouri River Relief as the source of donations from their fall campaign. They started out donating wine to the Race to the Dome, and decided to ramp up their support!

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During August – September 2012, St. James Winery will donate a part of the sale of each bottle sold at participating Walmart stores to support Missouri River Relief. One dollar for each case sold in Walmarts across the state. It adds up fast! As of August 6, they've already raised $800 for our fall clean-up schedule!

Check out the details at their website!

Thanks to Peter Hofherr, Ann Miller and all the folks at St. James for your amazing support!


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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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