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Behind the Lens: River-bottom Tales

Presentation by wildlife photographer Garrett Hise.
Join Garrett Hise for a journey through his most captivating wildlife encounters and the images they produced.

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Bald eagle and chick - photo copyright Garrett Hise

Time and Place

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
7:00 pm

Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
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Presentation by wildlife photographer Garrett Hise

Tuesday, March 12th at 7PM

The Bistro Restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, but the bar will be open. You ARE welcome to come early, bring some food and gather with friends before the presentation. Speaker Series attendees are welcome after 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by Missouri River Relief

Join us for an engaging night with Mid-Missouri wildlife photographer Garrett Hise. Garrett will tell the story of his journey into wildlife photography, which began with him witnessing an incredible instance of wild animals exhibiting behaviors that aren’t necessary for survival, and in Garrett’s mind, could only come from them feeling an emotional bond to other animals.

Garrett has photographed a wide diversity of species in the Missouri river bottoms and will share some of his up close and personal encounters. He has been fortunate to photograph the increasing bald eagle population at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. He’ll share his experience of capturing one bald eagle mating pair’s two-year journey to reach success. Bald eagles, as recently as 1963, were listed as endangered in 44 states. However, with successful conservation efforts, bald eagles are no longer listed as endangered in any state. They’ve gone from 417 nesting pairs to 80,000 in less than 60 years.

Don’t miss Garrett’s wonderful images and equally as captivating stories!

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Garrett is a small business owner and father of four: 3 Sons and 1 Daughter. After a series of careers, 14 years ago he started a company that provides contract labor to a major mid-western telecommunications provider. He was born and raised in Mid-Missouri and has always been drawn to the wilderness: spending his time hiking, fishing, insect collecting. He has been doing wildlife photography for 7 years. Last year, he created an LLC for his photography and has found success selling prints. He plans to switch careers to wildlife photography by age 50 with a relocation to the diverse country of Costa Rica. His goal, beyond doing something he enjoys, is to aid in communicating the need for conservation.


  • 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport, MO
  • Take I-70 to the Rocheport, MO, exit (Exit #115). It’s the first exit east of the Missouri River.
  • Head north toward Rocheport.
  • After about a mile, turn left at the sign for Les Bourgeois Bistro. Follow the signs to the Bistro. You will probably need to park in the lot above the Bistro and walk the trail down.
  • The presentations are held in upstairs in the restaurant. The restaurant is no longer open on Tuesdays but the bar is! You are welcome to bring your own food or snacks.

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Special thanks to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for giving us the opportunity to use their beautiful space overlooking the Missouri River. All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us!

The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place in St. Charles.

The views and opinions expressed by our presenters do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of Missouri River Relief, the Big Muddy Speaker Series or any of the partners that support this public forum. The Big Muddy Speaker Series believes that hearing diverse perspectives is a crucial building block for an informed public.