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Enjoying America's Great Outdoors: Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge Participates in 'Day on the River' Event
Midwest Region, October 1, 2011
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USFWS Staff Provide Opportunity for Day on the River Participants to Learn about Land Management along the Mississippi River.
USFWS Staff Provide Opportunity for Day on the River Participants to Learn about Land Management along the Mississippi River. - Photo Credit: Photo by John Hartleb/USFWS.

It is overwhelming to contemplate the importance of the Mississippi River to this planet. She has been called the pulse of America--that watery thoroughfare for commodities that flows along an expansive watershed that drains 41% of the continental United States, and combined with her floodplain, provides the necessities of life for 326 species of North American birds.

The new fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2011, was kicked off by collaborating with the Missouri Department of Conservation, American Land Conservancy and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, to give Southeastern Missourians and Southwestern Illinoisans a sneak peek into the Mississippi River's complexities. And how best to showcase the Mississippi River than to provide boat rides, crafts for kids, bluegrass music, participate in a fish fry taste test, take birding hikes, see River model demonstrations and discover what lurks in her waters--wetland invertebrates.

More than 531 bi-state participants chose to spend their Saturday at the Day on the River event held at the Red Starr boat ramp, in downtown Cape Girardeau, Mo. and at the Middle Mississippi River Wetland Field Station in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. The staff at the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge continue to seek opportunities to partner with federal, state and not-for-profit agencies to find creative ways to connect Americans with their environments.


Contact Info: Robert Cail, 618.763.4420 X12, robert_cail@fws.gov



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