“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Don’t miss MPF’s Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, featuring guest speaker Dr. Quinn Long, presenting Tallgrass Prairie in the Anthropocene—Conservation in the Contemporary Landscape. Missouri Department of Conservation Director Sara Parker Pauley will give welcoming remarks.
Dr. Quinn Long of St. Louis is an ecologist at the Missouri Botanical Garden working to conserve and restore rare plant species and natural communities. His research interests include fire ecology, invasive species, ethnobotany, and restoration of grassland, savanna, and woodland communities. As a restoration practitioner, he has over 15 years of first-hand experience establishing and managing prairie plantings on his family property near Hermann, MO.
A compelling presenter, Dr. Long will discuss the conservation of the prairies we love, referencing the past natural history of our prairies, current conservation successes and threats, and the challenges of planning for an uncertain future. As human activity has become the dominant influence on our environment, there is an urgent need to recognize the value of prairie in the North American landscape.
This MPF fundraiser will be held at the MU Alumni Center, Columbia, MO. A silent auction of beautiful and unusual items and outdoor experiences will be available for bidding (see photos of the items at www.moprairie.org beginning July 5), and photographer Matt Miles will sign copies of his new book, Missouri, Wild and Wonderful, which MPF will sell during the evening. There will be a presentation of Missouri Prairie Foundation Annual Awards and the Grow Native! Pioneer Award.
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Silent Auction, Missouri, Wild and Wonderful book signing by photographer Matt Miles, Social Hour, and Drinks (two drink tickets included)
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Dinner featuring grilled free-range chicken breast, marinated in balsamic vinaigrette and accompanied with pearl onions, portobello mushrooms, and julienne of prosciutto ham, and a rich madeira sauce. Vegetarian and vegan entrées are available upon request. All entrée selections are accompanied by chef’s selection of side dishes, a University Club salad, warm rolls with butter, iced tea, ice water, and freshly brewed coffee and decaffeinated coffee.
7:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Welcoming remarks by Sara Parker Pauley, Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, followed by presentation of Missouri Prairie Foundation Annual Awards and Grow Native! Pioneer Award and Remarks
7:30 p.m. – Presentation by Dr. Quinn Long
Dinner Sponsor: Pat Jones.
Host sponsor: Mizzou Botanic Garden.
Registration is now closed for this event.