Our Mission

  • To contribute to the conservation of Missouri’s migratory and resident birds through scientific research, community outreach, and education.
  • To gather information about avian communities and habitat use that will assist state, federal, and private natural resource managers in their efforts to implement conservation programs.
  • To provide opportunities for Missourians of all ages to learn about species and habitat conservation.
  • To advocate for sound, science-based conservation policy that benefits birds, other wildlife and environmental quality. 

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How we accomplish this…

Each year, MRBO conducts avian population monitoring and applied research on almost 100,000 acres of Missouri’s most imperiled habitats – prairies, wetlands and forests. The resulting data are communicated to land managers, owners and the public so that we all further understand specific effects of stewardship on birds. Education and outreach is an integral component of MRBO’s work and takes place in both formal and informal settings. Each year we conduct over 100 educational events for people of all ages.  The organization’s work is accomplished in partnership with many other non-profits as well as state and federal agencies.  

MRBO Director Ethan Duke shows a Black-capped Chickadee to a 2nd grad class at the Columbia Audubon Band With Nature event.