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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No. 277

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015

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TONIGHT:

"Rivergator: 1156 miles through the Heart of the Wildness Within"

Delta Psi, St. Anthony Hall -- Tonight in Oxford, Miss, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

On Wednesday, February 11th from 6:00 to 7:00, John Ruskey, Braxton Barden and Jenn Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company in Clarksdale, MS, will be presenting a lecture entitled "Rivergator: 1156 miles through the Heart of the Wildness Within" at the Delta Psi fraternity house. This lecture will explore the adventures while leading a trail-making project on the largest and wildest river in North America, the Mighty Mississippi in partnership with Mississippi Tourism, US Fish and Wildlife, and many others.

We hope to see you at the lecture! Coffee and cake will be provided afterwards.

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This Valentines Day:

Show your River Some Love!

Friends of the Sunflower Month 2015

Alright it's February, time to show our little river some extra special love! We are at the headwaters of the Sunflower River and it is up to us to prevent the negative effects of litter from flowing downstream. What is the best way to help our river? Let's kick it off by removing trash and debris on Valentine's Day. We will start the event at noon on February 14th behind Quapaw Canoe Company with a potluck and annual membership meeting. If you would like to join Friends of the Sunflower, there is an annual fee of $25. After the meeting and potluck, we will launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, or you can walk the banks searching for enemies of the environment. If paddling on the river, picking up trash, chatting with friends, and enjoying this community event is not enough to tempt you to participate. We will have possibly a historic river cleanup first, live music! That's right live music provided by Deak Harp and Carson Diersing. We're not sure if they have any love songs in their repertoire, but we expect they might have a blues tune or two.

When: February 14, 2015

Where: 291 Sunflower Avenue

Clarksdale, MS 38614

Time: 12 PM-3 PM

Schedule of Events:

12-1 PM: Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck. We'll provide the fire and the enamel eatware. You bring whatever you want to share. All welcome to attend. $25 annual dues.

1-3 PM: Cleanup of the Sunflower. Bring gloves and trash bags and dress for the weather. Barn boots and wool socks are best for the sticky, stinky mud. Canoes or paddleboards provided with paddles and life jackets, or pick up trash from the riverbank.

Our next cleanup is scheduled for the 28th of February. This cleanup will be done in true Quapaw fashion, downstream. Depending on water levels, we will launch from Friar's Point Road and take it to the trash all the way back to Quapaw. Meet time for this cleanup is 1 PM behind Quapaw Canoe Company. Every piece of trash picked up is a challenge for change.

When: February 28, 2015

Where: 291 Sunflower Avenue

Clarksdale, MS 38614

Time: 1 PM-3 PM

Schedule of Events:

1-3 PM: Cleanup of the Sunflower. Bring gloves and trash bags and dress for the weather. Barn boots and wool socks are best for the sticky, stinky mud. Canoes or paddleboards provided with paddles and life jackets, or pick up trash from the riverbank.

TBA: Hushpuckena Expedition

Expedition down the strange Sunflower River tributary. The Hushpuckena was historically formed by the overflowing of De Soto Lake. Today it drains everything between the Mississippi River levee and the Sunflower River from Farrell to Shelby. Born of springs & runoff around Rena Lara, the Hushpuckena meanders under Hwy 1 downstream south through Walnut Grove, Alligator (via Annis Brake Bayou), Duncan, and then cuts East at Hushpuckena under Hwy 61 to join the Sunflower River in the wilds between Shelby & Parchman. The head of navigation of the Sunflower River was considered to be at this confluence, downstream of which the Sunflower becomes the “Big Sunflower.”

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Atchafalaya Expedition, March 16-27th

Now filling seats in the big canoe for the March Atchafalaya Expedition, March 16-27th, Leave from Fort Adams, pass through the Old River Lock, confluence with the Red River, head down the Atchafalaya, the famed “River of Trees,” America’s Largest River-Swamp, lots of bayous and back channels to explore, annual songbird migration in full swing, three distinct biotas including bottomland hardwood forest, tupelo gum-cypress swamps, and ocean marshes, paddle to the Gulf of Mexico, investigate sediment accretion in Atchafalaya Delta and Wax Lake Outlet, where America’s mud is helping rebuild Louisiana and the coasts are getting bigger in the natural river delta process, take out in Morgan City. Comtact John Ruskey john@island63.com for more information.

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Rivergator Expeditions you can join in 2015:

March 16-27, 2015: Atchafalaya River Expedition

From Three Rivers WMA to the Gulf of Mexico

159 miles of wild exploration through the 2 million acre "River of Trees" via Simmesport, Krotz Springs, Flat Lake and Morgan City with side trips down mysterious side channels and bayous, and fantastic birding, amphibians, and adventures along the way!

April 15-30, 2015: Rivergator Expedition:

Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico

225 miles downstream through the Chemical Corridor (AKA Cancer Alley) down the biggest inland harbor in the world, including Plaquemine, Morganza Floodway, Donaldsonville, Bonnet Carre Spillway, New Orleans, Algiers, Belle Chasse, Venice, Pilot-Town, Mile Zero, Head of Passes, Birdsfoot Delta, last camp will be a sandy beach on the Gulf of Mexico! (Note: bring your haz mat suit and respirator, or we will supply).

October/November 2015:

Rivergator Completion Celebration Expedition:

St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico

1180 miles on the Middle and Lower Mississippi River! Start: Missouri River Confluence. End: salty waters of the Caribbean.

To enjoy the three previous installments (including photos) from 2014 Rivergator Expeditions, please go to:

Blind Faith in the Last Cold Light of the Day

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Muddy Guitar String 1,000 Miles Long

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Bittersweet Tinges in a Watery Wilderness

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The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch

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The Lower Mississippi River Foundation

www.rivergator.org

www.wildmiles.org