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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No. 686



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Outdoor Activity in Downtown Clarksdale -- on Sunflower River -- For kids & adults

Join Dr. Clifford Ochs and the University of Mississippi's Biology Department to explore the life in the Sunflower River. We'll have microscopes set up to view plankton and nets for catching fish and macroinvertebrates. Great experience for learners of all ages!

Dr. Cliff Ochs

Cliff Ochs, Ole Miss Dept of Biology:

Our lab is engaged in various studies in the areas of aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry. Broadly speaking, we are investigating connections between the abiotic environment, plankton community composition and activities, and biogeochemical cycles involving nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon. Our research is focused mostly on aquatic habitats of northern Mississippi including oxbow lakes, various wetland types, reservoirs, the Mississippi River itself, and even flooded agricultural fields in the Mississippi Delta. Funding to support our work comes primarily from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Agriculture.

12noon Saturday, Sept 29th:

* Youth * Art * Exhibition *

~~ WaterWays Youth Art Exhibition ~~

Involving students from:
*Coahoma County Middle/High School (Jennifer Ruskey Art Class)
*Lee Academy (Joey Young Arts Class)
*Carnegie Public Library After-School Art Project (Children's Room)
*Spring Initiative
*KIPP Schools of Eastern Arkansas

The Water/Ways Youth Art Exhibition will be on display at Quapaw Canoe Company in Clarksdale until Oct 13th. Local students are encouraged to additional submit artwork, or come make prayer flags on site. Students may choose to sell their work or have it returned to them at the end of the exhibit (suggested price, $10/piece). All proceeds will be returned to students or the schools -- to be used at the teacher’s discretion.

Water/Ways Prayer Flags

Inspired by poet Wang Ping we are creating prayer flags in conjunction with the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition at Quapaw Canoe Company in Clarksdale. As Ping shared with us, Every time the flag flutters in the wind, a prayer is sent out to the world. These will be on display starting Saturday Sept 29th at 12noon for our Youth Art Exhibition!

Come join us and make your own prayer flag!
Saturday, Sept 29th 12noon - 1pm
Quapaw Canoe Company

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition
Quapaw Canoe Company, Clarksdale, MS
Aug 31st - Oct 13th, 2018

End Note: amazing opportunity now open for a Chiropractor looking to relocate in established practice in cultural hotspot on the Mississippi River. Also, opportunity for someone wanting to run their own Canoe Guiding & Outfitting Business. Clarksdale, Miss, heart of the blues; land of dreams. Respond to this email for more information.


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