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Jan. 9 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013

"From Farmland to Floodplain - Restoring Benedictine Bottoms"

presented by Dr. Daniel Bowen,
professor emeritus of Biology, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

benedictine bottoms

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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Presentation is FREE!

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

Since the 1970s, when Dr. Dan Bowen became a professor at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, and began studying birds along the Missouri River, he’s been restoring river habitat at Benedictine Bottoms.  Today, all along the river, people working in restoration look to the work done by Bowen and his cohorts as a model for their efforts; and the Bottoms continues to be a laboratory for understanding how river habitat should work and for developing techniques to make that a reality.

Dr. Bowen will tell the story of bringing Benedictine Bottoms back to life as a functioning river habitat – what worked, what didn’t, what changes have been made over those 35 years and what lives there now.

Benedictine Bottoms is currently managed by the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

photo of Benedictine Bottoms in the Flood of 2011 courtesy of Benedictine College newspaper "The Circuit"


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Jan. 8 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2013

"Monitoring Birds on the Missouri River"

presentation by Ethan Duke, Assistant Director and co-founder of Missouri River Bird Observatory

Tuesday, January 8, 2013goldencrownedkinglet

7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro 
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)
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Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

The Missouri River and its adjacent wetlands are a major corridor for migrating songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. Recognizing the need to monitor and catalogue this massive avian movement, Ethan Duke and Dana Ripper took their collective bird monitoring experience in 2009 and started the Missouri River Bird Observatory. The mission of this bunch of hard working biologists is to contribute to the conservation of Missouri's migratory and resident birds through scientific research and monitoring, community outreach and education.

Join us as Ethan Duke shares stories of their work in the Missouri wilds, his take on the state of our bird populations and the successes of their inspiring program.

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2013 Schedule

Check out Missouri River Relief's 2013 Schedule!  

All dates are tentative until further notice, so check back in for updates and make sure to sign up on our email list to get the latest!

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Dec. 11 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2012

"Lupus: Village by the River"

film screening presented by filmmakers Rhonda Cleeton and Robert Hemmelgarn

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

7 p.m. film screening
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro 
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)
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Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

We are continuing our tradition of offering something a little different for our December presentation with a full-length screening of a locally produced river film!

Lupus, MOLupus is a tiny little river town in Moniteau County across the river from Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. For many in the area, it's known for its houses on stilts and its annual ChiliFest, when the town turns into on big musical and culinary party.

As a labor of love, Lupus resident Rhonda Cleeton and friend Robert Hemmelgarn teamed up to produce a wonderful tribute to the town, called "Lupus: Village on the river". Using the stories of the talented and hardy residents of Lupus, the film weaves a personal history of the town, including its beginnings as a railroad town in the 1880's, through the devastation of the Flood of 1993 to the present, where the Lupus General Store serves as a musical destination for troubadours from around the country. 

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Dec. 12 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2012

"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

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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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The 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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