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Big Muddy NFWR speaks to New Missouri Master Naturalists Chapter
Midwest Region, February 16, 2010
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Refuge Manager Tom Bell speaks to the Miramigua Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists at the historic hunting lodge located on the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Refuge Manager Tom Bell speaks to the Miramigua Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists at the historic hunting lodge located on the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Refuge Manager Tom Bell (left) speaks to the Miramigua Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists at the historic hunting lodge at the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Refuge Manager Tom Bell (left) speaks to the Miramigua Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists at the historic hunting lodge at the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge spoke to the Miramigua Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists during their monthly gathering at the Shaw Nature Reserve in Grays Point, Missouri.  The meeting occurred on Tuesday February 16th at 5:00 pm in the historic hunting lodge of the preserve. Refuge Manager Tom Bell and Park Ranger Tim Haller spoke about the management of the refuge and the nearby refuge lands in the St. Louis region.  

 

The Miramigua Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists was formed in the spring of 2009 in Franklin County, Missouri.  Franklin County borders the south side of St. Louis and represents a unique environment where the Ozarks join the confluence of the Missouri, Meramec and Mississippi Rivers.  Future acquisitions of the refuge are planned in Franklin County and the refuge will be looking from help from dedicated volunteers found in the Master Naturalists.   

 

Missouri Master Naturalist is a community based natural resource education and volunteer program. Its purpose is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Missouri.

 

The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge formed a partnership with the Boone’s Lick chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists in 2004.   The Boone’s Lick Chapter is based in Columbia, Missouri which is also the headquarters location of the refuge.  Several projects have occurred on the refuge involving volunteer work from the Master Naturalists.  Master Naturalists conducted education programs, collected and identified bees and butterflies, created turtle habitat, and numerous other projects around the refuge.   The growing refuge currently has 10 units stretched along 367 miles of the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis.   

 

The refuge looks forward to continued support from the Missouri Master Naturalists.  “These conservation minded volunteers are what we need on the refuge” explained Tom Bell, “with our limited staff we depend on these dedicated individuals to help us get things done.”  


Contact Info: Tim Haller, 573-441-2799, tim_haller@fws.gov



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