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April 12 Big Muddy Speaker Series

"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.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. April 12, 2011
lower floor of the
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO

(directions below)
Presentation is FREE!
Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

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Join us for our monthly Big Muddy Speaker Series at the Les Bourgeois Bistro.

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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Missouri Premiere of Aldo Leopold film

"Greenfire" - April 7, 7:00 p.m.


When: Thursday, April 7 - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Conservation Hall, Anheueser-Busch building, University of Missouri, Columbia
On Rollins Street, between the Christopher Bond Life Sciences building and the Agricultural building.
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The Society for Conservation Biology is hosting the Missouri premiere of an excellent documentary covering the life and legacy of ecologist and author Aldo Leopold.

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Volunteer to Help Recover Pallid Sturgeon!

A major part of the recovery program for the endangered pallid sturgeon is stocking live fish. The first step in this process is to find breeding age pallid sturgeon. Pallid sturgeon broodstock collection is a multi-agency project, and your help is needed to make it happen.

In Missouri, there are two crews collecting pallid sturgeon this spring, Missouri Dept. of Conservation and US Fish & Wildlife Service, and they've asked us to help spread the word for volunteers.

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River Relief Conducts Aerial Trash Scout

Missouri River Relief staff and volunteers hit the skies on Friday, March 11, for a trash scout by plane of the Lower Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Louis.

Working with a pilot and GIS technician from the non-profit Ecoflight, River Reliefers Jeff Barrow and Tim Nigh used the opportunity to get a birds-eye view of trash accumulations along more than 300 miles of the river.

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Senator McCaskill honors River Relief!

On February 3, US Senator Claire McCaskill gave Missouri River Relief a special honor. On the Senate floor, she offered a resolution for the Congressional Record honoring Missouri River Relief on our 10th Anniversary.

We are humbled by the honor, which of course recognizes the efforts of the more than 14,000 volunteers who have removed more than a million pounds of trash from the Missouri River since 2001.

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