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March 14 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Kansas City

"Taming the Wild Muddy
A History of Change on the Missouri River"

Presented by author and historian Jim Denny

Wednesday, March 14, 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)gary lucy painting

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

As America explored, settled and learned to live with the Missouri River, it also forever changed the nature of this wild, western river. In one of the Big Muddy Speaker Series' most popular presentations, author Jim Denny uses historical journals of early river travellers, including Lewis and Clark, to conjure up the essence of the natural Missouri River.

(painting by Gary Lucy of Washington, MO. Check out more of Gary's historical river art at his gallery website: www.garylucy.com)

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Video of Big Muddy Speaker Series

Together with our partners, we have begun recording Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations and posting these on YouTube. We don't get to record every presentation, but are doing our best.

See below for links to recordings, arranged by subject matter:

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2012

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Sat. Feb. 11
The Blue Note
Columbia, MO

Kick those winter blahs in the pants and join Missouri River Relief for a showing of select films from the traveling Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The festival will be at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The event is sponsored by Missouri River Relief, The Blue Note , the Alpine Shop and several national sponsors listed on the right.

We're excited to bring some of the coolest environmental documentaries to Columbia for cozy afternoon! It's a fundraiser and friendraiser for Missouri Relief, and we hope an inspiration to everyone that joins us.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook, then invite your friends!

Click here for the flier (pdf)»

Click here for the full film lineup and more details»

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Feb. 21 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"Restoring the Big Muddy"

Presentation by Mike Chapman, US Army Corps of Engineers

The historic Missouri River was a completely different river system than what we have today. From a meandering, unpredictable muddy stream, we have reshaped the Mighty Mo into a more stable (but still unpredictable) swift channel.

Mike Chapman, an engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Recovery Project, will show how we have moved from there to here and where we may be going. He'll discuss the reasons for habitat restoration, describe the varied restoration projects the Corps has completed on the river, as well as current concerns in the State of Missouri with sediment management on the river.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. Feb. 21, 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! Click here for flier (pdf)
Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

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Feb. 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Kansas City

"The Secret Life of Sturgeon"

Presentation by US Geological Survey ecologist Aaron DeLonaysturgeon

Tracking and studying the rare and endangered pallid sturgeon in the massive, muddy water of the Missouri River is not an easy task. Aaron Delonay, an ecologist working with the US Geological Survey will be describing some of the innovative techniques and technologies they use as they study the fish, its habitat and its behavior.

Wednesday, February 8
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)

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

Click here for flier (pdf)

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