River Ecology Day wouldn't be complete without catfish, like the one pictured here. Boat rides, fishing and live animals are all part of River Ecology Day at Red Star Access in Cape Girardeau Saturday, Sep. 11, from 9 am to 3 pm.
Come as a family or on your own and discover the mysteries of the mighty Mississippi River
The Mississippi River is such a permanent fixture in Southeast Missouri, but many Missourians live next to it without ever really knowing it. This Saturday, Sep. 11, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers a chance to get to know the mighty river in a whole new light as biologists offer boat tours at River Ecology Day.
Boat rides, fishing and live animals are all part of River Ecology Day at Red Star Access in Cape Girardeau Saturday, from 9 am to 3 pm. The event is hosted by the MDC in an effort to help families truly discover the Mississippi River through historical changes to the river and examination of wetlands and human interaction.
According to Angela Pierce, an education specialist with the Cape Girardeau Nature Center and organizer of River Ecology Day, boat riders will have the opportunity to learn river boating safety before taking a guided river tour. Pierce also says these aren't your typical boat rides.
"The boats will be driven by our own MDC biologists from the Open Rivers and Wetlands Field Station in Jackson," Pierce said. "This is a truly unique opportunity to discover the secrets of the Mississippi River with a professional fish biologist at the helm."
She said the overall goal is to have fun while learning about endangered species, big fish, river safety, and historic river drainage. She said a Wetland Discovery Table with live animals, kid's fishing, and games and crafts will also be part of the day's events.
Red Star Access is on Second Street just north of the Cape Girardeau downtown district and one block east of Main Street. All ages and families are welcome at the event. Pierce said no registration is needed to attend the event, but boat ride reservations can be made in advance by calling (573)290-5218.