America’s Solar Eclipse 2017

Some events only come around once in a lifetime and there is an exciting one occurring just around the corner! On Monday, August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse makes its way across the United States. A total eclipse of this type has not happened in the continental United States since 1979! A solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses in-between the earth and the sun and either partially or fully blocks our view of the sun. One would think...

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This is Wild Country

River School with Proctor Academy by Mark River Peoples (1 Mississippi Outreach Assistant, Mississippi USA)  Every year we embark on a journey with Proctor Academy of Andover, NH. somewhere along the Mississippi River. This year in particular, we decided to let the students pick the route of the voyage, which added a mysterious factor to the event. Democracy was put forward and the decision was announced. It would be the last 48 miles of the...

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“She Went Down in 12 Minutes and Not a Soul Was Lost”: Visiting The USS Cairo

Last November, as part of our canoe trip down the Mississippi River from Memphis to the Gulf of Mexico, I was in Vicksburg, Mississippi with Cody Presny and Haley Brasile of Amongst the Current and my paddling partner, Bito Beitzel.  My friend, Jerico LeFort, is a paddling enthusiast and a humble river angel (“river angels” help long-distance canoe and kayak paddlers complete their journeys), who happened to be near Vicksburg as...

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Farm Fresh, Just Around the Corner

Soon, the seasons will be changing again into my personal favorite – spring. Springtime brings nature to life again from the dormant, cold winter. The rains and melting of northern snows bring a bursting Mississippi River to all the cities and towns along the way. This also means it is time for local farmers to begin planting delicious fruits and vegetables. Many farmers will offer their goods at farmers markets and stands along the side of...

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Amongst AMONGST THE CURRENT: Grafton to Alton, IL, on the Mississippi

Bummer. Grassroots Grocery would not open for another hour, yet I had told the paddlers I would grab sandwiches and local fruit before meeting them.  I called to see if the new manager was at the store yet.  SHE WAS!  After a breezy stop by the cozy co-op, I proceeded towards Grafton to meet up with Amongst the Current, Cody Presny and Haley Brasile, and their solo-paddler companion, Bito.  Cody and Haley were canoeing the entire Mississippi...

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River Life

It’s mid June and the Mississippi River water levels are higher than normal. Back channels are flowing and the floodplain is thriving. Flocks of birds inhabit the archipelago islands throughout the basin. Beautiful indigo buntings , orioles, and yellow warblers frequent the forest canopies singing there unique songs and spreading seeds of life. The islands are pristine and new, yes new, as the landscapes are changing constantly with each...

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A Momentary, Muddy, and Memorable Voyageur Canoe Race

http://1mississippi.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/20160626_171328.mp4 “Tanner, would you like to get on the water—a 15-minute canoe ride?” my friend, Greg Poleski, asked as I scrambled to get my booth ready for Race for the Rivers Festival 2016.  Greg was instrumental in the planning of the event, which would not start for an hour; however, it was only my second time setting up the flooding demonstration model that I had borrowed from...

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