Patricia Hagen
“Audubon and the Corps of Engineers A Successful Partnership”

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Time Details: 5:30PM Business Meeting for Members Only
6:00PM Cocktails
6:30PM Dinner, Presentation to Follow
Location: See flyer for details.

Description:

Benjamin Hulsey and Patricia Hagen

Corps’ Rivers Project Office
The Rivers Project Office (RPO) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ St. Louis District manages close to 100,000 acres of land and water along the Mississippi River. The land management objectives of the RPO include the preservation and restoration of important habitat to maintain and increase the diversity of species of birds and other wildlife along the river. These objectives, along with the significant acreage under Corps management, result in a vitally important land stewardship and wildlife preservation role within the Upper Mississippi Flyway system for the Rivers Project Office.

Audubon
The Mississippi Flyway is one of the most significant migratory flyways on earth—more than 60% of all North American birds, close to 400 species—migrate along the flyway. The National Audubon Society has long been involved in conservation and education initiatives along the Mississippi Flyway. Audubon is an American non-profit environmental organization dedicated to conservation. Incorporated in 1905, it is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the world. Nature centers and wildlife sanctuaries have long been an important part of Audubon’s work to educate and inspire the public about the environment and conservation. Audubon’s national network currently includes more than 45 nature centers and 150 sanctuaries nationwide.

The Audubon Center at Riverlands is one of the more recent developments of the National Audubon Society and is a centerpiece of the National Audubon Society’s Mississippi River Initiative, which is focused on restoring and protecting habitat and water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi. The Center is located in the Corps of Engineers’ Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and co-located with the Corps’ Rivers Project Office. The Sanctuary—a 3700 acre prairie-wetland complex—is located on the Mississippi River, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Corps/Audubon Partnership
The Audubon Center at Riverlands represents a unique partnership between the National Audubon Society and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. By working together, each organization leverages its expertise in their shared goals of education, outreach, and habitat conservation. And by sharing physical and financial resources, both organizations maximize their investments. Audubon currently provides important outreach and community connections, educational outreach, and citizen science programming on-site at Riverlands. The Corps not only provides physical space for partnership programming, it also provides extraordinary expertise, and the opportunity to partner on landscape-based conservation initiatives.

Walk-Ins Welcome: No
Reservation Deadline: September 14, 2012
Payment Information: Payment must be mailed in advance. See flyer for details.
Member Dinner Ticket: $60
Guest Dinner Ticket: $65
 Benjamin Hulsey and Patricia Hagen

Explorers Club St. Louis chapter chair Benjamin Hulsey and Patricia Hagen, after her presentation “Audubon and the Corps of Engineers – A Successful Partnership,” September 19, 2012.

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