For Young Birders

Join a network of young birders throughout the country and become a member of the Missouri Young Birders Club (MYBC)! The mission of MYBC is to bring together young Missourians to enjoy, experience and conserve Missouri’s birds and other wildlife. 


MYBC provides field trips to local wildlife areas and opportunities for members to get involved with helping birds, such as improving habitat and taking part in community science programs such as eBird and FeederWatch plus providing the opportunity to mentor younger naturalists! 


Youth members are between the ages of 8-17 years old. Anyone can participate in events for free (in fact we encourage families), but members are youth who want to be involved in making decisions for all aspects of the club. This is a club by young birders and for young birders. Empowering Missouri’s youth is an important part of the MYBC’s mission. All skill levels and outdoor interests are welcome!


We host a monthly meeting by Zoom on the third Monday evening of every month from 6:30 -7:30 pm. Each meeting has a topic and a guest presenter plus activities to engage young birders.


With your membership you will receive:

  • A brand-new Sibley’s Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America!
  • Opportunities to participate in the conservation of Missouri’s wildlife and their habitats.
  • Learning and hearing from professionals in the field.
  • Getting to know the other young birders in your area and from all over the state.

Also…. DOWNLOAD FREE BIRDING SOFTWARE for young birders!

Simply go to and select the Mac or Windows download version, type in the code ‘MRBOYoungBirder‘ and the download instructions and links appear after a few seconds! 

Why join MYBC? Here are 10 Reasons:

  1. It’s fun!
  2. You get to be outside and explore.
  3. You get the chance to enjoy the many unique species of birds in Missouri.
  4. You get to meet other young Missourians with your same interests.
  5. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn in so little time. 
  6. You get to be involved in conservation.
  7. You will become a part of a supporting community of bird enthusiasts.
  8. You will be a part of the decision-making process.
  9. You get to experience and learn about all Missouri’s wildlife. 
  10. Your involvement with the club can be all your own. 


To join the Missouri Young Birders Club contact Laura Semken at Also, check the website and the MYBC facebook page for updates! Field trip opportunities, membership updates and other club updates will be posted here:

If you are interested in volunteering with MYBC or would like more information contact:

Laura Semken
MYBC State Coordinator 
Education Coordinator 
Missouri River Bird Observatory
Office: 660-837-3888


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