Community Outreach

Working for Conservation within the Missouri Community

Speading the message of conservation can take many forms. MRBO has had wonderful opportunities to share information and experiences with birds in a variety of settings thanks to community groups, businesses, and educators. Over the three years, we’ve been invited to speak to such diverse groups as Cargill, the Kiwanis, the Optimists Club, Burroughs and River Bluffs Audubon Societies, several libraries in Saline, Boone, and Pettis Counties, and the Maplewood Assisted Living Facility.

We’ve also worked with our partners to create and implement many different educational workshops and demonstrations for the public in a variety of venues.

We hope these opportunities keep coming our way, and are more than happy to tailor programs to a group’s interests.

MRBO Scope 2013
A recent public workshop at Van Meter State Park involved a presentation on bird identification, building feeders out of recycled bottles (above), and a banding demonstration.
A similar workshop was held at the MDC’s Clinton office last year. Here, Ethan displays a Tufted Titmouse, a bird that is popular with people for its endearing appearance.

A presentation on the natural history of Missouri and important events in conservation over the past century given to the Sweet Springs Historical Society.

Banding demonstrations are sometimes done for “Bio-Blitz” events – a day that is used to survey all organisms within a particular area. These events are attended by families from the surrouding area. Above: At Bray Conservation Area, near Rolla. UCMO Bioblitz
A Bio-Blitz hosted by the University of Central Missouri at their Pertle Springs property. Prairie Days in Cole Camp
Speaking with an attendee of Cole Camp’s Prairie Day, held each October in
conjunction with the town’s Oktoberfest.