Floodplain: A Clear View of Life in the Big Muddy by conservation photographer Alex Wiles brings the many inhabitants of the Missouri River floodplain to River’s Edge Pavilion during Loessfest. Know your river by getting a close look at the diverse wildlife that resides in this ever-changing environment.
2018 is a notable year to begin this exhibit, as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Enacted by Congress in 1968, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act aims to protect certain rivers in the United States with ecological, cultural, and recreational value. The National System currently protects over 12,734 miles of river, including 98 miles of protection for the Missouri River. This exhibition is traveling to nature centers, museums, and public spaces along the Missouri River, inspiring people to care for this intricate source of life.
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.