Listen to Nature

April 14, 2017 We leave Caruthersville on our first sunny day of the trip. Days like these make you forget about the cloudy, cold, rainy days of spring. I take a needed break from my wetsuit and adverse-weather clothing to feel the healing warmth of the sun rays incident to my face. We take advantage of the great weather and embark on a 62-mile day to a slither of sand at the bottom of the first Chickasaw Bluff. We were expecting high winds...

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Mark River’s Thoughts – The American Bottoms

Another long day of paddling in rainy asymmetrical unpredictable weather patterns  throughout the day. They come and go so quick like western storms. Since St.Louis we have paddlep along a  floodplain call the American Bottoms. It stretches all the way from Cahokia, Ill.  to Chester, Ill. , with the Interior Highlands across the channel of the Mississippi River. These ancient cliffs where once part of the Appalachian Mts. 200 million years...

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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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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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Neighborhood Clean-Up!

One simple bright emblem led me to an awesome group of people who care about the River and how it affects them and their community. I live in a lovely neighborhood in the great river city of Memphis, TN — about 3 miles away from the river. Going on a walk with my family, I always notice these colorful emblems on our sewer drain.  I assumed these were found throughout the city, but after some investigation, it turns out that it took the...

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Welcome to the River! What a Wild Ride!  

Thursday, April 21st, was my first day as a brand new Outreach Assistant for 1 Mississippi and what a day it was! I attended my first event — the annual CBU Vanderhaar Symposium and came face to face with the ultimate River Citizen…Chad Pregracke! Don’t know who Chad is? You should! Let me tell you why… Having grown up with the Mississippi River as literally his own back yard, Chad had a view of the river most folks don’t get to...

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River Habitat

This has been a unique summer for the Lower Mississippi River and the animals that thrive in its complex ecosystem. The high water levels that lasted well into August created an interesting boom in the reproduction of fish, reptiles, and amphibians, as well benefiting mammals and birds. An early trip on the Arkansas River opened my eyes to the importance of high water periods and the advantage it gives to all species. I watched fifty foot...

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