Registration is now open for the Annual Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative Conference to be held August 18-19, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri! The theme of this year’s conference is Celebrating 40 Years of Missouri Natural Areas: The Importance of Natural Areas to Bird Conservation in Missouri. Our speaker lineup features present and retired Missouri Natural Areas Committee members who will shed light on how the past 40 years of protection of our state’s best remaining landscapes benefit bird populations. At the conference, you’ll learn about the history of the program and hear updates from MoBCI grant-funded projects taking place in designated natural areas.
The poster session will highlight last year’s funded projects, works in progress, and images from the Jerry Wade Youth Habitat Enrichment Program grant project which was featured in the Marshall Democrat newspaper recently. The silent auction always proves to be an exciting feature of the conference, along with the camaraderie and good food and drink.
Online registration can be found here (http://columbia-audubon.org/mobci), hosted by the Columbia Audubon Society, one of MoBCI’s founding partners. A printable registration packet featuring the full conference agenda is also available. Early registration is recommended; Columbia will be playing host to thousands of visitors for the total solar eclipse the following Monday, so book your hotel or AirBNB room soon! There are also local campgrounds at Finger Lakes State Park and the Mark Twain National Forest’s Pine Ridge Campground in Ashland, both approximately 20 minutes from the Peachtree Catering Conference Center.