We’re Expanding!

Whitney E Kerr, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) has announced that MRBO will move their official headquarters to 406 Main Street in Arrow Rock, Missouri, effective April 1, 2020.  Mr. Kerr noted, “the Lawless House in Arrow Rock, which has served as office, temporary staff quarters and summer camp site since 2016 will be fully dedicated to expanded educational programs.”

The rambling old house on Main Street, part of which dates back to the early 1900s, is located in the heart of this small village that is in its entirety a designated National Historic Landmark.  The building was formerly the location of the Chez Trappeur Bistro which took its cue for cuisine from the history of Arrow Rock and the French trappers who plied the waters of the Missouri River to deliver their wares.

The house and garden will be donated to MRBO for use not only as their main office but also to provide the opportunity for all visitors to Arrow Rock to partake of educational displays of natural history and environmental issues and conservation.

The Main Street building which will officially be christened “MRBO House” on April 25th, 2020, at 4:00 pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception following for supporters and VIP guests. 

Dana Ripper, co-founder and Executive Director of MRBO has expressed delight with this move:

“In the ten years since Ethan Duke and I began our conservation efforts in Missouri and officially founded MRBO, we have grown considerably with the addition of more talented and dedicated staff and providing education and outreach programs to hundreds of local residents.  This, along with all of the scientific research that MRBO does created a need for additional facilities.  The expansion to MRBO House will allow us to refine our programs to better serve the residents of Missouri.”

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