The First MRBO Blog Post

We at MRBO have an extensive website, but we thought it would be a good idea to keep folks up-to-date on happenings.

This past week we did a little backyard banding near Lake of the Ozarks, before attending the Conservation Federation of Missouri Convention.
There was a good break in the weather for banding and we captured a good diversity of birds. Those animated Red-headed Woodpeckers evaded our nets, but we had success with Downy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, and the usual suspects. We are accustomed to banding quite a few Black-capped Chickadees. There we caught mainly Carolina Chickadees. They seemed so much smaller in the hand.
The CFM convention was great. CFM has celebrated 75 years of commitment to conservation in Missouri. It is not a political organization and they have strength in a large affiliate membership with a long-term common vision.
We attended a couple sessions and enjoyed the Education and Outreach session in particular. Mike Huffman of the MDC was there and gave further insights into the MDC’s extensive and excellent education program. Who would have thunk it? The MDC offers Missouri Schools a full suite of education materials and instruction that is on par with school education requirements. What I wouldn’t give to have had that opportunity as a youngster.

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