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Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport


The Big Muddy Speaker Series is a monthly series of presentations on Missouri River ecology, history, biology and more by experts in their field. There are now three separate series, in Rocheport, Kansas City and St. Charles!

The Rocheport series is held the second Tuesday of every month in the lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Bistro in Rocheport at 7 p.m.  

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Jan. 9 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles - 2013

"Close Up on Clean Water"

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

Wednesday, January 9, 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)

Presentation is FREE! Come early to get a spot and order a great dinner from our partner Big A's

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

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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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(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

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!

Click here to see the full posting and to view our pdf schedule»

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