Conservation History and Conservation Future

I spoke last night at a meeting of the Sweet Springs Historical Society on the topic of Missouri’s conservation history and bird conservation. The talk began with the natural history and ecoregions of Missouri, particularly the central dissected till plains from 12,000 years ago until present. Much of the early history information can be found in the book “The Terrestrial Natural Communities of Missouri.”

We covered topics on Native American impact, European settlement impacts, Audubon’s Missouri River experiences, and Louis and Clark. The extinctions of the Carolina Parakeet, Eskimo Curlew, Passenger Pigeon, and Ivory-billed Woodpecker were an integral part of the presentation, albeit disheartening.
With more discussion of conservation history, perhaps conservation won’t be history.
One way to ensure our conservation legacy and move towards a better future is through education. Recently, we at MRBO have been diving headlong into planning, research, and networking with people throughout the state in order to find out how we can best help with existing environmental education and opportunities throughout the state.
In a couple week’s in Sedalia on March 25th and 26th: Project WILD and Flying WILD workshops for teachers, youth group leaders, and interpreters. $27.00 workshop fee includes the training and three WILD workbooks to take home. Sign up on this form, by calling 660-886-8788 or email
Would you like to help? We’ll be looking for teachers, mentors, and participants…

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