Category Archives: Local Events

Connecting Soil Health With Human Health In The St. Louis Region

Photo by Holly Shanks

Meeting for the EcoHealth St. Louis project to be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden on May 13.

Working with the Missouri Botanical Garden, the BiodiverseCity St. Louis network of St. Louis, and other organizations and individuals, the EcoHealth Network will coordinate with public and private groups in urban and rural parts of this region to find positive solutions to human health and quality-of-life issues.

At this meeting, the global EcoHealth Network, and its first major regional program—EcoHealth St. Louis—will partner with other organizations working in conservation, restoration, outdoor recreation, and human health to present issues of importance to all of us.

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“Nuts About Squirrels” Raise Questions In U.S. Capitol

Pictured: Don Corrigan with his new book, “Nuts About Squirrels” in Washington D.C.

Is it true that climate change is causing squirrels in America to migrate north or to move to different elevations in mountain areas? Do humans bear any responsibility for the disruption of the habitat for squirrels? Are squirrels better equipped than humans to deal with global warming and climate change?

These were some of the serious questions author Don Corrigan was peppered with at the recent U.S. Popular Culture Association convention in Washington, D.C., from April 16 to 21.

Corrigan’s book, “Nuts About Squirrels: The Rodents That Conquered Popular Culture,” debuted at the McFarland Publishing book site at the convention on April 16 — and promptly sold out. McFarland marketing guru Savannah Clemmons said the book appears to be “a must” for squirrel fans.

Read more below. Also find a list of Corrigan’s local book signings!

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First Plastic Bag Awareness Day Planned for April 13

Workers unclogging bags at recycling sorting facility. Source: Tampa Bay Recycles

OneSTL released information about the newly coined “Plastic Bag Awareness Day” in St. Louis. The impact of plastic bags on the environment is extensive and the bags take a toll on recycling efforts, which can be plainly seen in the photo above. Please read more below from OneSTL about the April 13, 2019, event.

OneSTL is a regional collaboration that focuses on a sustainable future for the St. Louis region.

Concerned about contamination in recycling, experts in the St. Louis region have declared that Saturday, April 13, is Plastic Bag Awareness Day. The OneSTL Materials and Recycling Working Group says plastic bags too often make their way into residents’ recycling bins.  Once at the recycling sorting facility they jam equipment and put workers at risk for injury.

“We’re going all out to educate people that plastic bags cannot be recycled in your home or workplace bin,” said Jenny Wendt a member of the OneSTL Materials and Recycling Working Group and Senior Project Manager at University City. “It can be confusing because many plastic bags have a recycling symbol on them, but that just indicates what type of plastic the bag is made of – not that it can go in your home recycling bin.  Plastic bags have to be recycled separately. Plastic bags and other plastic film should be brought back to grocery and retail stores for recycling.”

OneSTL has partnered with numerous retail stores and business districts to spread the word. Dozens of volunteers will be stationed at stores throughout the day, handing out flyers and answering questions about recycling. Some stores will hand out free reusable shopping bags and other giveaways.

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Third Annual Sustainability Week At Webster University April 16-19

The week will be comprised of a wide variety of events and opportunities for the campus community to make a greater connection with our campus’ built and natural habitats.

Monday, April 15th at 10 a.m.: Webster University’s Sustainability Week will kick off with an arts and crafts activity for all located in the UC Presentation room, Campus Activities and the Sustainability Office will provide planters, paint supplies, plants and soil for you to make a DIY a planter in your own style to take home. Snack will be provided as well!

Tuesday, April 16th at 11 a.m.: The Webster University Facilities staff will be partnering with Perennial STL on the University Center Patio to provide a fair full of opportunities for attendees to bring items in need of repair – clothing, small appliances and furniture, electronics, bicycles – to transform people into fixers instead of consumers and exchange ideas and skills among our community.

For more information and the events scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday below.

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Gateway Greening Plant Sale April 6

Don’t miss the Gateway Greening “Spring Plant Sale” coming up on Saturday, April 6, 2019, 9 a.m. to noon, located at 3841 Bell Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108.

Gateway Greening is a local organization that connects people to education and opportunities to connect with community gardening and food production “through sustainable urban agriculture projects.”

Learn how to get involved or volunteer HERE.

See an interactive map of local gardens and greening projects HERE.

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Musical Artist John Nilsen To Perform at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center April 26

Popular composer/musician John Nilsen will perform at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Friday, April 26.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will welcome popular northwest musical artist John Nilsen to a live performance at its Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

For this multi-media engagement, Nilsen will compliment his nature-inspired music with the spectacular landscape and wildlife images of MDC Photographer Noppadol Paothong.  Paothong’s photography can be seen regularly in MDC’s Missouri Conservationist magazine, as well as many other MDC publications.

Attendance for the John Nilsen concert is free and open to the public. Advanced online registration is required. CLICK HERE to register.

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St. Charles Is Celebrating 250 years!

Photo by Holly Shanks.

The city of St. Charles is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year! The Lewis and Clark Expedition will be the main focus of the celebrations taking place.

History runs deep on the shores of the Missouri River in St. Charles. Looks like 2019 will be a great year to visit St. Charles and learn about famous visitors in Missouri’s history. Did you know the first Missouri State Capital building was located in St. Charles? Want to learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition? Visit St. Charles and see the Lewis and Clark’s campsite, memorial statue and the Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Museum.

For more information, use the links below to find out more about this year’s celebrations. (At the end of this post see information for Don Corrigan’s new book – coming soon!)

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Where Are St. Louis’ Urban Fishing Hotspots? Find Out Feb. 22!

There are over 80 public lakes comprising more than 1,200 acres of water in the St. Louis area. Photo provided by MDC.

UPDATE FROM MDC: “Fishin’ Hotspots of the St. Louis Area” program at Powder Valley Nature Center has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances making the speaker unavailable. The program will be rescheduled at a later date. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your support of conservation.

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) continues its 50th anniversary of St. Louis urban fishing celebration with a special presentation at Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood. The St. Louis lake fishing hotspots program will be held Friday, Feb. 22 starting at 7 p.m.

St. Louis has many quality lake and pond fishing opportunities, from rainbow and brown trout in winter months, to largemouth bass and channel catfish sure to give any angler’s line a workout in warmer months. Many St. Louis anglers may not know about them, however. There are more than 80 public lakes comprising more than 1,200 acres of water within a one-hour drive of the Gateway Arch.

MDC invites St. Louis-area anglers to learn about these overlooked St. Louis fishing holes with MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Kevin Meneau, who manages the urban fishing program.

Read more about the event and how to register below.

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Snow Crystals – Close Up & Personal At The Webster Groves Public Library

Photo: Webster-Kirkwood Times

By Don Corrigan (Webster-Kirkwood Times)

Snow is not just for shoveling. Dr. Richard Walters of Webster Groves wants those who loathe the snow to take a new, close-up look at the white stuff. He makes it easy with his snowflake photography exhibit.

His prints on display at the Webster Groves Public Library this January offer an array of snow crystals, including needles, bullets, plates and rare capped columns. Of course, there also are the typical six-armed stellar forms that we all associate with snowflakes.“I’m into details and there’s a lot of work and care that goes into capturing the details of snowflakes,” explained Walters. “For one thing, you have to hold your breath to keep the crystals from melting and distorting when you are shooting them.”

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Winter In The Woods Festival Featuring Maple Sugar

The 2015 Maple Sugar Festival.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival!

Just because the temperatures drop, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! There are many fun activities to do during winter, like maple sugaring, hiking, camping, bird-watching, outdoor photography, and fishing to name a few.

MDC and local partnering organizations will help uncover the many different outdoor activities you can do in winter, along with information about how animals weather the season as well. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy!

Read more about the event from the MDC below.

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