Cape Nature Center hosts Voices of Missouri’s Rivers author

News from the region
Published Date

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – William Turner, author of Voices of Missouri's Rivers, will share the background behind his book at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m.

"Our rivers are a vital part of our natural landscape," said Jamie Koehler, assistant nature center manager. "We live right next to them, yet sometimes we know very little about them. This book helps us to understand Missouri's rivers on a deeper level."

Turner will discuss why he took on the task of writing about the state's rivers and what he has learned during his many years of research for the 360-page book. Published by MDC, Voices of Missouri's Rivers is about Missouri's rich river history and how clean flowing water in our rivers is vital to sustaining the lives of all Missourians. Turner explores the natural and cultural history of Missouri's rivers in vivid, full-color detail. Highlights of the book include the state's river history, basic river science, and a glimpse of the future of river conservation.

Turner writes, "The stories of Missouri's rivers are very much the stories of its people." This is why visitors to this event at the Cape Nature Center are welcome to reveal their thoughts and feelings about Missouri's rivers, too.

Turner holds a master's degree in aquatic ecology and has taught river science at the college level. He also helped establish and lead a statewide river conservation program in Missouri. Turner had a 30-year career with MDC and retired as the Department's Fisheries Division chief.

The book sells for $19.50 plus tax (and shipping for mail orders) at MDC nature centers, regional offices, and through the MDC online Nature Shop by calling 877-521-8632 or online at

A book signing session will follow the presentation.

More information about this and other events can be found online at