Prairies of the Big Muddy

Published: December 11, 2013

Presentation by Mike Leahy, Natural Areas Coordinator for the Mo. Dept. of Conservation

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Minsky’s Pizza in the City Market – 427 Main St., Kansas City, MO

Two hundred years ago around a quarter of the floodplain of the Missouri River was covered by waving grasses, sedges, rushes and wildflowers – a bottomland prairie community.  Inhabiting this natural community was a wide array of creatures from massasauga rattlesnakes to American bitterns.

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), an important wet prairie species.
photo courtesy of Mike Leahy, MDC.

These bottomland prairies were of historical significance including the cultural history of the Missouri Indians as well as early European and European American explorers and settlers.

Mike Leahy, Natural Areas Coordinator for the Mo. Dept. of Conservation, described the physical, biological and cultural attributes that led to the formation and then destruction of the prairies of the Missouri River floodplain.  We’ll also explore current places to visit to see remnants of this natural community type and current efforts at protecting, restoring or recovering bottomland prairies and associated habitats of the floodplain.

Mike is also the author of “Discover Missouri Natural Areas”, published by the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.


The Big Muddy Speakers Series in Kansas City

was hosted by Friends of Lakeside Nature CenterLittle Blue River Watershed Coalition, Missouri River Relief Friends of Big Muddy and Healthy Rivers Partnership with the following list of partners. All speakers are presenting for free. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

Click here for a list of upcoming presentations»

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is also held monthly in Rocheport and St. Charles.

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