By Charity Howk
Missouri Valley College’s Biology Club wasted no time getting started this school year. Kicking of the year they traveled to Brunswic to participate in the Big Muddy Clean Sweep, a continuous two-month clean-up voyage that will be traveling downstream from Brunswick to Hermann this fall.
Six club members started their voyage in Brunswick, where they were loaded into boats and taken to different sites. At each site they picked up trash and debris from the river bank. Among the trash, the students found two deep freezes; one small and another larger one.
The Big Muddy Clean Sweep is hosted by the Missouri River Relief organization. MRR was started in 2001 when a group of people in Mid-Missouri saw a need for action to clean the state’s rivers. Since their first campaign the organization has hosted 116 Missouri River clean ups, bringing 19,563 volunteers to clean 756 tons of trash from 924 miles of river. For more information on the Big Muddy Clean Sweep go to www.riverreleif.org.
Students interested in participating in activities like this are invited to join the Biology Club. You do not have to be a biology major to participate in the club. Throughout the year the club will participate many conservation volunteer programs just like the Missouri River Relief. Last year, one of the club’s larger projects was studying extracted deer teeth in an effort to develop a new system for aging deer.
Club president Twyla Reid said taking part in the club has helped her reach beyond the campus.
“Being a part of Biology club has been a great way for me to give back to the community and also has helped me to meet many contacts within the biology field,” she said.
Participating in clubs such as Biology Club will look great on resumes. Aside from the conservation projects the club also does many fun activities such as ice skating, picnics, and barbeques.
The Biology Club will be having a meeting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Reading Room of the Murrell Library. If you are interested in the Biology Club but cannot make it to the meeting, you can contact Reid at email@example.com.