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Voices of Missouri’s Rivers

Presentation by Bill Turner, author and retired biologist with Mo. Dept. of Conservation

Bill will share some of the stories from his amazing historical and ecological survey of our Missouri River treasures, recently published by the Mo. Dept. of Conservation – “Voices of Missouri’s Rivers”.

River Voices Cover

The cover of "Voices of Missouri's Rivers" by William Turner. Published by Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

Time and Place

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
7:00 pm

Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
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Presentation by Bill Turner, Former Fisheries Division Chief with Mo. Dept. of Conservation

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

If you intend on coming early to purchase an amazing dinner at Les Bourgeois Bistro before the presentation, PLEASE call to make a reservation at: 573-698-2300 and…tell them you are with the Big Muddy Speaker Series!

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!

Missouri is known as the “Great Rivers State”. For many of us, our fondest memories involve floating down one of Missouri’s beautiful and diverse rivers which provide a path through the heart of all our state’s nature offers.

Bill Turner just published a wonderful book highlighting the historical and ecological stories that our rivers have written on the landscape called “Voices of Missouri’s Rivers”. With chapters focusing on the Osage, Missouri, Mississippi and Ozark Rivers, this is the finest compendium of Missouri river lore and science that you can find. Bill will share some of these stories with us in this special Big Muddy Speaker Series presentation.


  • 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 monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (USFWS) and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.