The Federation Report
August 12, 2016

In This Issue
From Our Blog:
Paralyzed Fisherman Finds Happiness on the Water

John Harris is an inspiring and extraordinary man who lives without the use of his legs. A tragic car accident in 1983 left John paralyzed from the waist down. He survived. His cousin did not. Young and foolish at the time, John is quick to admit alcohol was a factor in the wreck. He also bravely speaks of the depression and substance abuse he fought for years.

John knows the emotional struggle some people with life altering disabilities battle. He hopes those suffering will one day be able to find a saving grace as he did. For John, his saving grace is bass fishing.

John is a tournament bass angler. He's popular amongst his peers for both his refreshing personality and bass fishing skills. Polite, courteous, and completely open to the idea of me telling his story, John and I set up a date to hit the water...

Certified Wildlife Habitat®
Recognize your commitment to wildlife and certify your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat®. It is fun, easy, and makes a big difference for neighborhood wildlife.

By creating a natural garden with native plants, you are providing essential elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young. Add a water source - such as a birdbath - and follow sustainable gardening practices, and your garden will not only be wildlife-friendly, but it will qualify as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat®.

Together the National Wildlife Federation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri realize every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing resources for wildlife locally and along migratory corridors.

In addition, a portion of your application processing fee supports the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the National Wildlife Federation's programs to inspire others to make a difference and address declining habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and other wildlife. The fee is waived for schools Pre-K to Grade 12.

Print your
Certified Wildlife Habitat® application HERE.

Visit to commit to wildlife and certify today!

Operation Clean Stream Events
The Open Space Council is excited to host our 49th Annual Operation Clean Stream. This is a premier event in which thousands of scrap tires, yards of debris, and other litter has been removed out of streams in order to improve the overall quality of Missouri's waterways.

August 14 (9am - 12pm):
Ozark Outdoors - 200 Ozark Outdoors Lane, Leasburg, MO
August 27:
(various times and locations)

Missouri River Bird Observatory
Save the Dates
Calling All Amateur Nature Photographers

The Missouri River Bird Observatory invites you to submit your favorite bird photo to our Images of Hope: the Birds of Missouri photography contest. The contest runs from now until October 1, 2016. The top 25 entries will be unveiled and auctioned at MRBO's fundraising event on November 11, 2016; those 25 photographers will also receive a complimentary ticket to the event.  Entry fee is $25 per photo.

MRBO Second Annual Major Fundraising Event - November 11
Mark your calendars and don't miss the opportunity to enjoy all that this night of festivities has to offer while helping to make a difference in the care of our natural environment. The evening will include a dinner buffet provided by Feasts of Fancy, full bar, original conservation exhibits, and silent auction. Tickets are $75.

For all details, contest rules, and submission guidelines visit:  HERE
CFM Store
Hunters Don't Shoot
Livestock T-shirt
~ $15.00 ~
CFM Logo Tumbler
~ $15.00 ~
Items are available for 
purchase on the
CFM Affiliate Summit
Friday, August 19
The Third Annual CFM Affiliate Summit is being held on Friday, August 19 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. This year's Affiliate Summit will once again feature impressive speakers and cover important topics.
In order to better organize our collective power as the conservation community of Missouri, we hope you will attend this year's Affiliate Summit. If you cannot attend, please send someone else from your organization. We welcome paid staff and passionate volunteers.
Agenda details: 
10:00 a.m. - Registration
10:30 a.m. - Welcome, Introductions, CFM Update
11:15 a.m. - Youth Conservation Initiatives (CLC/MCCA)
12:00 p.m. - Lunch: Featuring Bill Bryan (Director, Missouri State Parks)
1:00 p.m. - Parks, Soil and Water Sales Tax
2:00 p.m. - Resolutions Process/Resource Committees
3:00 p.m. - Break
3:15 p.m. - Affiliate Election Process
4:00 p.m. - How to Produce Simple Video for Social Media
5:00 p.m. - Social Hour
6:00 p.m. - Dinner: Keynote Speakers - Leadership from WOLF School
To join us, please confirm how many members of your organization plan to attend by contacting Laurie Coleman at    or (573) 634-2322 ext. 107. You may also register online at There is no cost for up to 2 representatives from affiliations that are current on their dues. Additional representatives are welcome to attend for $50 each. Please provide name, phone number and email for all members attending.
MDC Accepting Applications thru August 29 for Next Class of Conservation Agents
Selected candidates will undergo 26 weeks of intense training in all facets of law enforcement and resource management.
Those who make the grade will receive county assignments and become the face of conservation in their assigned communities - enforcing the Wildlife Code of Missouri and helping the public with issues such as nuisance wildlife and land management.
To qualify, applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a field related to the natural sciences or criminal justice.
To apply -- and for more information including salary range, duties and responsibilities, degree requirements, qualifications, and special-ability requirements -- visit the MDC website at .
For more information, contact Travis McLain at 573-522-4115, ext. 3261 or , or Cheryl Fey at 573-751-4115, ext. 3819, or .
MDC and Partners Provide Mentored Dove Hunts for First-time Hunters
Interested in dove hunting? MDC in partnership with NWTF, QF, QUWF, MPF, and private landowners will provide mentored dove hunts for first-time hunters on 12 fields primarily located on private land across the state.
Each participating new hunter will be assigned a mentor. Pre-hunt workshops will provide basic hunter safety. Participants are encouraged to attend a dove hunting workshop or hunter education prior to participating.
Three hunts will be offered on each field. Each field will be limited to two first-time hunters and their mentors per acre to maximize safety and provide a quality experience. Priority will be given to anyone 11 and older that is hunting for the first time.
Field assignments determined on a first-come-first-served basis. First time hunters can attend multiple hunts as registration space permits.

Register for the mentored dove hunts  HERE . Get info on MDC dove-hunting workshops  HERE . Get information on hunter education  HERE.
F or more information, contact John Burk at 573-676-5994 or, or Elsa Gallagher at 660-277-3647 or
George Daniel's Streamer Tactics
September 3, 2016
September 3, 2016 9:00 a.m to Noon
Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building Auditorium
University of Missouri Campus
Columbia, MO
About George:
George Daniel began fly fishing at the age of 6 in Potter County, PA, a remote region filled with wilderness and beautiful brook trout. By age 14, George's family relocated to PA's limestone region, which contained the state's best trout fisheries. By the age of 17, George was travelling throughout the state, seeking lessons from expert anglers. By age 21, George had learned from the best anglers in the NE, including his mentor Joe Humphreys. Out of curiosity and with the support of his wife, George began entering local and national fly-fishing competitions.
He earned a spot on Fly Fishing Team USA and remained on the team for 7 seasons. Also during that time, George was on the US Youth Fly Fishing Team's coaching staff, including two years as head coach. George's real motivation to compete was to travel the world and learn from world-renowned anglers to develop a global approach.
In that brief period, George had success by winning back-to-back US National Championships and placing in the top 5 in the 2006 World Fly Fishing Championships. Eventually, competitive fly-fishing took its toll, so George retired at age 32 to spend more time travelling with his family and to focus on fly fishing education.
George is a former manager of the TCO State College Fly Shop and now works exclusively with TCO Fly Shop with Livin On The Fly LLC. George currently assists with the US Youth Fly Fishing Team as well as writing and conducting fly fishing clinics/presentations across the country. His first book, Dynamic Nymphing has become a best seller. Currently, George is working on a second book project, which will be released September, 2015. George lives along the banks of his favorite trout stream with his wife, Amidea and their two children.
For questions, contact Scott Gerlt at (573) 256-9521 or

Some parking is available along Hitt Street and to the north of the Agriculture Laboratory. Virginia Avenue Parking Structure is available ½ block south of the meeting location.  
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