Birds of a feather…
and to highlight opportunities to work together. Three Missouri Governor’s proclamations have celebrated International Migratory Bird Conservation Day and the MoBCI partnership. And, a MoBCI Foundation was created to administer the group’s financial activities.
Perhaps most significantly, MoBCI has served as a conduit to channel financial support to bird habitat projects in Missouri. Since 2004, more than $400,000 has been provided to bird habitat projects through the MoBCI Grant Program. Sources of funds include the Missouri Department of Conservation (through the State Wildlife Grant Program) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program).
Birds tend to flock together when doing so is in their common interest. Now, the people behind bird conservation are doing the same thing. MoBCI assembles diverse voices speaking in unison on behalf of birds and their habitats. Meanwhile, it fosters understanding and appreciation among different organizations as they work shoulder to shoulder toward their common goal.
Otahki Woodland Restoration
This partnership project completed 1,200 acres of prescribed fire management for the restoration of vital glade, savanna and woodland bird habitats in the St. Francois Mountain Bird Conservation Area. The Otahki Girl Scouts were a key partner.
Giant Cane Restoration
A MoBCI grant contributed to this partnership, which purchased a backhoe attachment critical to planting giant cane.
Cane habitats are home to the state-endangered Swainson’s Warbler, but other bird species also benefit, such as hooded warblers, indigo buntings, northern cardinals, Louisiana waterthrushes and other songbirds.
River Hills Forest Habitat Project
This project is an initiative to maintain 10-15 percent of a 300,000-acre area in east central Missouri as a regenerating oak-hickory forest. The site is located in a globally significant conservation site, and dense young forest and edge habitat are expected to benefit local birds such as ruffed grouse and northern bobwhite quail, as well as migratory songbirds, including American woodcock, Bell’s vireo, Bewick’s wren, brown thrasher, bluewinged warbler, eastern towhee, field sparrow, great-crested flycatcher, prairie warbler, white-eyed vireo and yellow-breasted chat.
Partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Audubon Society of Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation, and most importantly, private landowners. Nearly 40 new landowners have signed up.
Truman Lake Wetland Restoration
This successful project coupled the resources of several governmental agencies, private conservation groups, private corporations and several businesses with the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to restore 770 acres of marsh, bottomland hardwoods and wet prairie habitats at several sites in Henry and St. Clair counties.
Through the construction of small levees and water control structures, the project was able to use existing infrastructure (such as a pump station and pipeline purchased some years ago from the City of Clinton) and natural water flow patterns to maximize benefits and minimize costs. At the partner recognition, Conservation Department Director John Hoskins recognized the many partners whose contributions helped to secure a $50,000 NAWCA grant.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MoBCI, Kansas City Power & Light Company, Sharp Brothers Seed Company, Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, Aquila (electric power provider), Agri Drain Corporation, Missouri Waterfowl Association, Audubon Society of Missouri, DBY Specialties, Forrest Keeling Nursery, Grand Slam Waterfowl and the former Women’s Conservation Club were the partners that made the more than $300,000 wetland restoration project possible.
Current MoBCI Partners
- Academy of Science of St. Louis
- Audubon Missouri
- Audubon Society of Missouri
- Audubon Society, Chariton valley Chapter
- Audubon Society, Columbia Chapter
- Audubon Society, Grand River Chapter
- Audubon Society, Greater Ozark Chapter
- Audubon Society, Midland Empire Chapter
- Audubon Society, St. Louis Chapter
- Conservation Federation of Missouri
- Ducks Unlimited
- Mark Twain National Forest
- Missouri Department of Conservation
- Missouri Department of Natural resources
- Missouri Department of Transportation
- Missouri Falconers Association
- Missouri Native Seed Association
- Missouri Prairie Foundation
- National Wild Turkey Federation, Missouri Chapter
- Ozark Center for Wildlife Research
- Ozark National Scenic Riverways
- Ozark regional Land Trust
- Pheasants Forever
- Quail Unlimited
- Ruffed Grouse Society
- The Sierra Club, Ozark Chapter
- The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Field Office
- University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Natural Resources
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Big Muddy National Fish &Wildlife Refuge
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great rivers/Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mingo NationalFish & Wildlife Refuge
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Missouri PrivateLands Office
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 3
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Squaw Creek National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Swan Lake National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
- Webster Groves Nature Study Society
- Wild Birds for the 21st Century
- World Bird Sanctuary