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July 14 Big Muddy Session:

"Beyond Catfish: A Peek Below Muddy Water at the Diversity of Missouri River Fish"

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at Les Bourgeois Bistro, Rocheport, MO

Presented by Andy Plauck, USFWS Biologist

We all know about catfish and sturgeon, but can you name any other Missouri River fish? Few people know the denizens of the Big Muddy deep as well as the biologists at the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office here in Columbia. Biologist Andy Plauck has been studying Missouri River fish for years, and this time he'll give a window into the many fish species that never make the headlines. From minnows to paddlefish, it's a dizzying diversity - and he'll even bring some live specimens for you to see!

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Shop your support at Whole Foods St. Louis

July 2 is 5% Day at Whole Foods!

Both St. Louis-area Whole Foods Markets have will be donating 5% of their receipts on Thursday, July 2, 2009, to Missouri River Relief. We'll be visiting both stores from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day! Come visit us and support the cause!

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Zebra Mussels found on Big Muddy

In the past several months, Missouri Dept. of Conservation biologists and Missouri River Relief volunteers have zebras confirmed three sightings of zebra mussels on the lower Missouri River within the state of Missouri. The sightings were at Kansas City, Chamois and Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.

The invasive mussels clog water intakes, foul boat motors and compete with native mussels and fishes. Click here to read more details on how to keep from moving mussels from infected to non-infected streams. Or click below to read more and find more links.

photo by Quinta Scott from his informative blog. Click here to visit.

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Big Muddy Sessions: "Are Chemicals Contaminating our Missouri River?"

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 9

presented by Carl Orazio, Ph.D, US Geological Survey

Bryant Cabin - Overton North Unit of Big Muddy NFWR (directions below)parkvilleoutfall

Missouri River Relief, Friends of Big Muddy and Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge are proud to announce that our June 9 educational program will feature USGS Environmental Pollution Chemist Carl Orazio, discussing studies on pollution found in Missouri River water, mud and fish.

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Big Muddy Sessions: "A Walk on the Refuge"

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 12

Join Big Muddy Refuge staff for a short walk through the Overton North Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge. Followed by a discussion on the future of Friends of Big Muddy, the volunteer organization that supports the Big Muddy Refuge throughout the state of Missouri.

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