Upcoming in Rocheport, Mo.
Natural Gems along the Big Muddy: Missouri’s Natural Areas along the River’s Valley
Presentation by Mike Leahy, Missouri Natural Areas Coordinator, Mo. Dept. of Conservation
Missouri Natural Areas Coordinator Mike Leahy will take us on a tour of a variety of designated Natural Areas connected to the Missouri River that range from floodplain wetlands to river bluff prairies and forests.
Time and Place
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Online Presentation by Natural Areas Coordinator Mike Leahy, Mo. Dept. of Conservation.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
- 7 p.m. presentation
- The presentation will be hosted on Zoom. Click here to register.
- We will allow 115 to register, but only 100 will be allowed to connect for the presentation. By watching through Zoom, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
- Anybody can watch the live stream on our YouTube Channel!
Missouri Natural Areas represent some of the best — and last — examples of our state’s original landscape. Some are located within state parks or conservation areas, preserving and highlighting a special, rare or textbook example of an ecological niche or geological wonder. Examples of Natural Areas across the state include prairies, old-growth forests and woodlands, rare wetlands, caves, and many other kinds of native habitat.
In this presentation, Missouri Natural Areas Coordinator Mike Leahy will take us on a tour of a variety of designated Natural Areas connected to the Missouri River that range from floodplain wetlands to river bluff prairies and forests. We will learn about the fascinating natural heritage that occurs along this long swath of Missouri from the Iowa state line to the river’s confluence with the Mississippi. This natural history of the river corridor will highlight the connections between native plant and animal species, soils, geology and human history in this region.
Mike has worked for over 25 years with state agencies in Indiana, Virginia, and Missouri on the conservation of natural resources. Most of this work has been with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), serving in the roles of regional natural history biologist, Heritage community ecologist and natural areas coordinator. Over the past 10+ years he has worked with MDC field staff to inventory and designate more than 13 new Missouri Natural Areas and seven additions, totaling more than 8,000 acres. He has published technical and popular articles on natural history topics, including the 2011 publication of the field guide, Discover Missouri Natural Areas – A Guide to 50 Great Places. Leahy has a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a MS in Forest Ecology from Michigan State University. Leahy’s love of natural areas began as a kid with family trips to the Morton Arboretum in the Chicago area. He enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and son.
Resources & Links
Dig Deeper for more info on this topic
- Missouri Natural Area Website (MDC)
- ARCHIVE – Missouri Natural Areas Newsletters – a great wealth of information on the natural communities of Missouri
- BOOK – “Discover Missouri Natural Areas” by Mike Leahy
- VIDEO – “Nature’s Calling – Natural Areas in Missouri” – MDC
- VIDEO – “40 Years of Missouri Natural Areas” – MDC
The Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport
is hosted by these wonderful partners.
- Missouri River Relief
- Les Bourgeois Vineyards
- Katy Trail Bed & Breakfast
- Missouri River Cultural Conservancy (MoRivCC)
Streaming is sponsored by Rivermiles, the folks who bring you the MR340.
Special thanks to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for giving us the opportunity to use their beautiful space overlooking the Missouri River. All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us!
The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place in Kansas City and St. Charles.
The views and opinions expressed by our presenters do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of Missouri River Relief, the Big Muddy Speaker Series or any of the partners that support this public forum. The Big Muddy Speaker Series believes that hearing diverse perspectives is a crucial building block for an informed public.