MRBO Asks for Conservation Support…at an event filled with glamour and FUN!

The Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO.org) is inviting conservation-minded citizens to an exceptional event in Kansas City on December 4th, 2015. This black-tie optional event includes a fur fashion show, a five course executive chef dinner, and live and silent auctions. Sponsored by Alaskan Fur of Kansas City and North American Fur Auctions (better known historically as the Hudson’s Bay Company), many exceptional fur garments highlighted in the exciting fashion show will be made available. Other auction items include vacation packages, fine wine and dining packages, Missouri Legacy Beef products, outdoor hobby items, home decor, and works of art. For a full list of items visit World of Dreams.

MRBO_Circle_LogoMRBO joined the Missouri conservation community in 2010 and has since rapidly grown to a statewide scope to achieve its mission by working with citizens, agencies, schools, and colleges. Dedicated to the conservation of Missouri’s birds, MRBO’s work focuses on a suite of imperiled habitats that birds and all other wildlife depend upon. Throughout the year, this organization provides over fifty refined outreach and education events.

Prairies – MRBO surveys over forty properties a year, working with public and private landowners to gauge

Henlsow's Sparrow

Missouri is a stronghold for the Henslow’s Sparrow (above). It requires prairie areas managed for a thick vegetative structure of grasses and forbs.

prairie bird populations and document the effects of land management on densities of specific species.

Wetlands – With a specific focus on private wetlands, MRBO has surveyed over fifty properties in search of some of Missouri’s rarest birds and assists wetland stewards with interpreting the results.

Bottomland Forests – When foresters and biologists needed an efficient assessment of forestry practice effects on dwindling populations of bottomland forest birds, MRBO sprang into action to survey six remote swamps in the boot-heel.

Northern Saw-whet Owls – Historically, only about thirty of these tiny owls were documented in

Tiny Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owls (above, with MRBO Educator Emily Wilmoth) were found in greater numbers in Missouri than previously thought.

Missouri. Since MRBO began monitoring efforts during migration season, over 100 have been banded! Notable encounters include capturing one banded previously in Saskatchewan and another from Thunder Bay, Ontario!

Education and Outreach – Working with Master Naturalists, assisting in teacher Discover Nature Schools trainings, hosting field trips, conducting citizen science programs, and visiting schools are all important efforts strengthening connections and work towards conservation.  MRBO works to raise awareness of, appreciation for, and a strong connection between our citizens and Missouri’s wildlife and habitats.

Conservation in the Modern Age – Things have changed. The classic paradigm of accomplishing research leading to a scholarly publication is a noble and scholarly endeavor, but people from all walks of life need to have access to understandable conservation information.  MRBO conducts monitoring to deliver usable results. From working to develop a market based incentives on wildlife-friendly cattle ranches to data collection and sharing with not only agencies but the general public, MRBO’s conservation work involves efficiency and innovation. Pioneering a new frontier in technology, MRBO collects its bird survey data electronically and documents exact locations of each bird. The data is not only used for robust statistical analysis, but is served to land managers and private landowners in online maps. This affords practical interpretations of results in a timely fashion for those managing the land with boots on the ground.

All of this work is done by only two full-time staff, one part-time assistant, a seasonal educator, and seasonal field technicians. All earn meager wages. If you wish to see a continuation of this type of work for conservation into the future, please accept our invitation to a great event!

Visit www.mrbo.org/worldofdreams to learn more about the event and RSVP!

World of Dreams

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