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July 11 Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles 2012

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

Presented by Tom Bell, Manager for the Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge". Talk will be preceded by a walk along the Missouri River through historic St. Charles.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012Jameson Island and Lisbon Bottoms

5 p.m. Informative river walk through historic St. Charles
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
(636) 949-9900
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! This is our first of many (we hope) Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations in St. Charles. Show up to help kick off this great educational series!

NOTE - before the presentation, there will be a short informative walk through historic St. Charles to the First Capital Building. Meet at Big A's at 5 p.m. to go on the walk.

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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July 11 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2012

"Invasion Carp!"

Presented by Duane Chapman, research fisheries biologist for the USGS Invasive Carp Research Program at the River Studies Branch of Columbia Environmental Research Center.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! Click here for flier (pdf)

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

The infamous flying carp

One of the most "charismatic megafauna" of the Missouri River doesn't actually belong there. Actually, there are several species of recently introduced asian carp that are changing the ecosystem of the river.

Throughout the Mississippi River watershed, and now potentially the Great Lakes, "Flying Carp" have been flopping their way into people's boats and all over You-Tube. But much of the havoc they are wreaking is under water. USGS biologist Duane Chapman has been on the front lines of the asian carp invasion across the world. He'll join us for an update on what is being learned about these new big river inhabitants and their effects on our rivers.

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July 10 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2012

"Canada Geese Up Close"

presented by wildlife photographer, videographer and biologist Glenn Chambersgeese in flight

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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!

Canada geese are an inextricable thread of the Missouri River ecological tapestry. While tens of thousands migrate up and down the river valley each fall and spring, remnant populations of "Giant Canada geese" continue to nest in the limestone bluffs along its banks. They crowd noisily on sandbars and form giant, confused "v's" in the sky during migration. That wasn't always the case. By the 1930's, these intimidating birds were thought to be extinct. Restoration began in 1949 in Missouri, and we are all witness to its success.

World renown wildlife photographer and filmmaker Glenn Chambers will share a unique view of these ubiquitous birds and the story of how he trained geese to fly alongside an aircraft to capture unparalleled images of geese in flight through the Missouri River valley.

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Third Annual Race to the Dome slated for June 30th

The 3rd Annual Race to the Dome, presented by Missouri American Water, is a charity canoe/kayak race on the Missouri River with that will be held on Saturday, June 30th.

Third Annual Race to the Dome Poster 2012Click here for details about this annual canoe and kayak event!

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River races booming on the Big Muddy and tributaries

Although we like to point out that the first Flying Carp Race was a month before the first Missouri River 340, the now famous 340 mile race on the Missouri is still growing every year.

As the 340 has grown, so has the energy of a paddling race community spawning a wide variety of races on the Big Muddy and its tributaries.

Many of these races are organized by folks that cut their teeth on the 340 and saw a whole lot of potential.

The Race to the Dome, the Missouri River 340 and the new Freedom Race all contribute to Missouri River Relief, and we deeply appreciate the support of the paddling community.

The MR 340 Start - 2008

2008 MR340 start - confluence of Kaw and Missouri Rivers - photo by Melanie Cheney

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