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May 14 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2013

"Location, Location, Location -
How Missouri River geography shapes restoration and management options"

presentation by Robert Jacobson, PhD, Chief of River Studies Branch, US Geological Survey

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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!

Natural Areas River Trip 10-23-10The past two years of extreme flooding followed by extreme drought in the Missouri River basin highlights the difficulties in managing and restoring this massive river system. Every decision made in Missouri River management seems to have repercussions that affect other uses or stakeholders along the river.

The Missouri River basin ranges over 23 degrees of longitude and 12 degrees of latitude, and in its breadth it encompasses tremendous physiographic, climatic, ecologic, and socio-economic diversity from the snowpack of the Rockies to the arid plains of the Dakotas to the moist river hills of the Ozarks' northern edge. 

This diversity promotes challenges to restoration and management. One size of policy does not fit well in all parts of the river. Robert Jacobson, PhD, chief of River Studies for the US Geological Survey, will provide an overview of the environmental geography of the Missouri River and an analysis of how the very location of the river effects restoration and management options along the mainstem from Montana to Missouri.

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April 10 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013

"Colter's Run"

presented by author Conger "Tony" Beasleyjohncolter

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market)

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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

John Colter was a key member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He left the Expedition on its return trip to guide fur trappers. On this journey he was credited with discovering the area that became Yellowstone National Park (it was originally called "Colter's Hell"). He was later was captured by Blackfoot warriors. Stripped and told to run, he was the target of a “human hunt.”

Conger “Tony” Beasley will read from his latest work "Colter's Run" and discuss the legacy of Colter, who later settled near New Haven, MO, on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River.

painting on right copyright Gerry Metz.

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April 25 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles

"Pearls along the River - The Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge"

Presented by Tom Bell, Manager for the Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

NOTE: For this month only - SPECIAL TIME, DATE AND LOCATION. For our monthly presentation, we are changing the time, date and location to join forces with the Eastern Missouri Sierra Club. The Big Muddy Speaker Series will be Thursday, April 25 at Litzinger School (address and directions below) in conjunction with the Sierra Club meeting. In May we will return to our usual 2nd Wednesday at Big A's.

Thursday, April 25, 2013Jameson Island and Lisbon Bottoms

7:30 p.m. Presentation
At Litzinger School (in conjunction with Sierra Club meeting)
10094 Litzsinger Road at Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, MO
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE!

The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 11 separate units totalling approximately 16,000 acres located along the Missouri River floodplain between Kansas City and the St. Louis area. Using a passive management model, these "pearls on a string" include chutes, islands, wet prairies, bottomland forests, scour holes and lakes and areas that are allowed to flood in high water.

The St. Louis metro area has two units of the refuge, Boone's Crossing and Cora Island, yet few people in the public realize this amazing resource is at their back door. Refuge Manager Tom Bell will join us for a presentation on the refuge, including the history, and overview of the refuge units across the state, plans for restoration projects in the refuge and what they've learned since the refuge started.

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April 9 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2013

"Flush Twice - It's a Long Way to Eagle Bluffs"

presentation by Tim James, Wildlife Management Biologist, Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, MDC

Tuesday, April 9 , 2013baldeagle

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!

Just south of Columbia, MO, in the McBaine Bottoms is a true Missouri River treasure. Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area is one of several intensively managed wetland restoration projects lying in the river floodplain. This 4,431 acre wildlife haven has over 10 miles of river and creek frontage between the Missouri River and Perche Creek. It provides an important stop-over and feeding station for migratory waterfowl and crucial cottonwood forest habitat for migrating songbirds. Its wetland pools also serve as a final treatment for the City of Columbia's wastewater.

photo courtesy of MDC

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March 13 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles 2013

"Paddle Strokes through History: A Big Muddy Adventure on the Lewis and Clark Water Trail"

presentation by "Big Muddy" Mike Clark (no relation), Big Muddy Adventures

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

6. p.m. Meet at Big A's Restaurant
6:30 p.m. Presentation
At Big A's Restaurant
308 N Main St. -  St Charles, MO
(directions below)


Dipping your paddle in the Missouri River is a direct, visceral connection to the history of past explorers and inhabitants along the river. Highlighting this connection between the past and present, the Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources has created the Lewis and Clark Water Trail.

If you are looking for a guide to this experience, you could do no better than "Big Muddy" Mike Clark, the owner of professional river outfitter service Big Muddy Adventures. Mike has paddled the Missouri River upstream and down following the Lewis and Clark trail, reliving its history and sharing it with others.

Mike will share some of his experiences on this historical "highway", including stories from the 2004 Corps of Discovery re-inactment, the Circumnavigation of St. Louis and his work guiding newbies and river pros alike on this magnificient waterway. He'll share Missouri River paddling tips as well as how to make a dugout canoe out of a massive cottonwood log.

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