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May 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"Six Generation Farm in the McBaine Bottom"

presented by Boone County farmer John Sam Williamson, who farms in the McBaine bottom near Huntsdale

John Sam Williamson's family has been farming the McBaine bottoms along the Missouri River for six generations. They've fought floods, droughts and the changes of the river while taking care of the rich bottomland and growing food for the country.

There's a lot going on in the McBaine bottoms, including Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, the Columbia Water Treatment Plant and well field and the much revered site of the state record bur oak tree, which Williamson and his family have been taking care of for generations. Williamson is also the president of the McBaine Levee and Drainage District and treasurer of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

John will share some of his family history in the area and bring the story to the present, where changes in the management of the Missouri River mean changes in the ways farmers deal with levees.

photo by Kristen Coleman - from the Big Tree in McBaine facebook page

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro 
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)

Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

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Free Showing of the film "Bag It" Monday, April 23rd

Join us for a free screening of this award winning film! Hosted by Missouri River Relief, Sustain Mizzou & the Missouri River Communities Network.

Monday April 23rd, at 7 p.m., Strickland 204, on the MU Campus in Columbia.

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April 10 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

snapper

Common snapping turtle. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Zimmer.

"Missouri River Turtles"

presented by Stephanie Zimmer, graduate research assistant at University of Missouri - Columbia

An approach to shore on the Missouri River is often preceded by the plops of a variety of turtles as they dive into the muddy water. Because of the scale and turbidity of the river, assessing the population and habits of the variety of turtles there is a tough task.

Graduate Assistant biologist Stephanie Zimmer will share with us the different varieties of turtles on the river, what is known about their life cycles and what her research on soft-shell and snapping turtles has shown about their populations.

Tuesday, April 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!

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April 11 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Kansas City

Catlin drawing Haw-che-ke-sug-ga

"The People of the River's Mouth - In Search of the Missouria Indians"


presentation by Mike Dickey, Author and Site Administrator of Arrow Rock State Historic Site

Few people know that the Missouri River, and the state named after it, were actually named for a tribe of Native Americans that lived along the river near the mouth of the Grand River. Even fewer people know much about the tribe, which had already begun to decline due to disease by the time European explorers began to encounter them.

Mike Dickey will be sharing the knowledge he gained researching his recently released book called "The People of the River's Mouth - In Search of the Missouria Indians".

Wednesday, April 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

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March 20 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"Big Muddy Clean Sweep"
Life on a Trash Barge

Presented by Steve Schnarr of Missouri River Relief

Barge Drawing by Alicia Pigg

Confluence Big Muddy Clean Sweep

7:00 p.m. - Tues. March 20, 2011 (third Tuesday this month!)
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

Group shot after the final peice of trash was loaded onto the trash barge at the Confluence, St. Louis MO

As the keystone event of Missouri River Relief's 10th anniversary, we embarked on a series of Missouri River clean-ups rolling from town to town on a trash barge. The project was called the Big Muddy Clean Sweep, and was the largest scale cleanup of trash on the Missouri River ever undertaken.

Missouri River Relief program manager Steve Schnarr and other crewmembers will share some great stories, photos and results on the event. We'll kick off the presentation with a screening of the 15 minute film that deckhand Jodi Pfefferkorn created about the Big Muddy Clean Sweep.

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