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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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March 13 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013

"No Longer Estranged - A History of Urban Rivers"

presented by Amahia Mallea, Asst. Professor of History, Drake University

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

6 p.m. Social Hourkcsunrise
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

Many of our cities were founded on the banks of major rivers. Once they were highways connecting our communities to each other, our rivers became neglected dumping grounds as our cities turned their backs on them, embracing a future of railroads and then highways.

Kansas City is a perfect example, and is a good example of how cities are beginning to remember the important resource these rivers are for their identity, history and health. Amahia Mallea has been studying the difficult history Kansas City has with the Missouri River, and will use KC as a template for talking about the renaissance urban areas are having with their rivers.

We are lucky Prof. Mallea will be joining us from Iowa to share her insights and hope about the relationship Kansas City has with the river that runs through it.

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March 5 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2013

"Close Up on Clean Water"

presentation by Kat Logan Smith, Director of Environmental Policy for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro 
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)
NOTE: This presentation is the FIRST Tuesday of the month for March only. Then we'll go back to our regular second Tuesday.

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

The 40 year-old Clean Water Act aims to protect the “physical, chemical, and biological” integrity of our nation’s waters so our creeks, rivers, and oceans can thrive. For four decades Missouri has left nearly 150,000 miles of waters with insufficient protections to safeguard their health. At the same time, our waters are under increasing pressures from development, agriculture, and climate stress.

How can the Missouri River thrive when the creeks that feed it are unprotected? How can we secure our freshwater resources when 80% of our state’s waters are not held to Clean Water Act standards? How can we ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy healthy waters in Missouri?


left - all Missouri Streams; right - streams classified under Clean Water Act
graphic courtesy of Mo. Coalition for the Environment

katKat Logan Smith will give us a basic overview of the Clean Water Act, how the law can work to keep fish thriving, restore damaged waters and safeguard our highest quality waters. She'll review the Missouri Coalition for the Environment petition for full protections for Missouri waters and let us know how we can preserve our water heritage for future generations.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment works to protect and restore the environment through education, public engagement, and legal action.

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