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Flood Plain: A Clear View of Life in the Big Muddy


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Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Council Bluffs Public Library
400 Willow Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

14 and Over


The Missouri River is the longest river in North America. Learn more about this important waterway during our next Speaker Series event at the Council Bluffs Public Library on Thursday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m.

For centuries, we have relied upon the water and species within it for survival, and recent decades have seen its ecology drastically change due the influences of human development. Natural functions such as seasonal flooding have been mitigated by dams and channelization, enabling introduced species to take hold in this changed environment. This project aims to shed light on the unique and elusive biodiversity of the Missouri River basin in the hope that it will inspire people to care for this intricate source of life.

Presenter Alex Wiles is a conservation photographer, presenter, and environmental educator based out of Omaha, Nebraska. His interest in conservation initiatives takes him around the world where he documents the challenges faced by wildlife and the work of those who wish to protect it. Alex’s work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including National Geographic – Voices, The Wildlife Conservation Society – Wild View, REPTILES Magazine, NEBRASKAland Magazine, & Fontenelle Forest.

This program will be held in Meeting Room B at the Council Bluffs Public Library, located at 400 Willow Avenue in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This event is free, pre-registration is required to attend as space is limited, walk in participants will not be admitted. This program is part of our adult education programming, we ask that participants be age 14 & over please. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283. 

Due to COVID-19 the format for this program has changed:

  • Attendees are required to wear a mask for the entire duration of the program
  • Overall attendance numbers have been reduced to facilitate social distancing
  • Pre-registration is required to attend, walk in participants will not be admitted
  • Attendees must sign a waiver before participating
  • There will be no reception or speaker meet & greet following the presentation

The 2021 Speaker Series is a programming series, held in partnership with the Council Bluffs Public Library, designed for teens & adults to provide them with an opportunity to learn from and interact with various authorities in the fields of conservation & environmental science. Programs are free & will last approximately 1 hour. 

Free will donations are gratefully accepted and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

Pottawattamie Conservation has received a grant award of $ 1,350.00 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of a project called “Speakers Series 2020 - 2021”.

2021 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie Conservation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resource Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

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