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Big Muddy Forum - Oct. 6

"Beyond Catfish: the Diversity of Missouri River Fish"

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Power Valley Conservation Nature Center, Kirkwood, MO

Presentation by Andy Starostka, USFWS Biologist, at 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Friends of Big Muddy and MDC

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 USFWS Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. Biologist Andy Starostka 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!

This special event will start with an open forum with booths and activities from area non-profits and agencies. Check out the list on the right for participants. 

Then Andy will share some of the stories and habits of the strange & beautiful aquatic inhabitants of the Missouri River.

If the river cooperates, Andy will also bring some samples of fish caught on the river that day. (Don't worry, they'll get safely returned to the river!)

Note: the fish card above is from a deck of Big Muddy Fish created by US Fish and Wildlife Biologists. They should have some copies available for door prizes!

Directions to Power Valley Nature Center:

  • From I-44 east to Kirkwood, take S. Kirkwood Road (Route 61/67).
  • Follow Route 61/67 to Watson Road.
  • Go west on Watson Road to Geyer Road.
  • Go north on Geyer Road 200 yards to Cragwold Road.
  • Go 1 mile west on Cragwold Road.

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