2022 Annual MoBCI Conference

August 26–27, 2022
Columbia Country Club, Columbia, Missouri


Weather or Not We Care About Birds


Friday, August 26

5 pm Registration
Cash bar opens
6 pm–7:30 pm Social time, with heavy hors d’oeuvres
7:30 pm–8:00 pm Welcoming remarks/housekeeping. John Burk
Open Silent Auction
8:00 pm–9:00 pm Keynote speaker: Ernesto Carman (Founder, Cerulea.org, Costa Rica). Regardless of political affiliation or what you believe the causations or solutions are or should be, climate change is a real thing and having real impacts. The speaker will cover what the overall impacts currently are, what some of the projections forecast and what can be done to mitigate these situations.
9:00 pm–10 pm Continue social time

Saturday, August 27

7:15 am Coffee for conference registrants
8:00 am–9:00 am Welcome and highlights of the year.
General Assembly Meeting
Bill Mees, Chair, MoBCI Steering Committee
9:00 am–10:15 am 3, 20-minute presentations on an overview of what some of the larger concerns are and what their impacts may be:

  • Birds of prey as indicator species of current environmental conditions. Steve Heying (Missouri Falconers Association).
  • What’s up in the Arctic? Dave Graber (Ducks Unlimited).
  • The impacts of alternative energy production driven by climate change concerns. Jennifer Campbell (Missouri Department of Conservation)
10:15 am–10:30 am Project Poster Session and Break
10:30 am–11:30 am 3, 20-minute presentations on specific issues birds are facing as a result of climate impacts:

  • Fluctuations in spring greenup can alter when certain nectar and insect sources are available and could impact migration timing and ultimately reproductive success. Grant Elliott (University of Missouri).
  • Climate impacts on birds based upon research conducted through The University of Missouri. Tom Bonnot (University of Missouri).
  • Hydrological and climate changes impacts to waterfowl migration. Lisa Webb (U.S. Geological Survey).
11:30pm–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30pm–2:00 pm 3, 30-minute presentations on calls to action featuring solutions:

  • Alternative energy siting standards. Mary Nemecek (Conservation Chair of Burroughs Audubon).
  • Precision agriculture and carbon sequestration. Adam Jones (Missouri Farmers Association Conservation Specialist)
  • Elevating Nature-based Solutions to Mitigate and Adapt to Our Already Changing Climate in Columbia, Missouri. Danielle Fox (Community Conservationist, Office of Sustainability, City of Columbia).
2:00 pm–3:00 pm Moderated interactive session where audience discusses issues covered and provides next steps to be considered by the organization.
3:00 pm–3:30 pm Wrap-up and closing comments summarize ways we can make a difference for birds: (Bill Mees).


Columbia Country Club

2210 N. Country Club Drive
Columbia, Missouri
Driving Directions from I-70:
From I-70 take Rangeline Exit and head South on Rangeline. At the second signal, turn left onto Business Loop 70. Follow approximately 1 mile passing under a bridge and take a right on Old Hwy 63. Travel about ½ mile and turn left onto Country Club Drive at the gates which will lead you to the Club.
Driving Directions from Hwy 63: From Hwy 63 take the Broadway Exit and head West on Broadway. At the second signal, turn right on Old Hwy 63. Follow approximately ½ mile and turn right onto Country Club Drive at the gates, which will lead you to the Club.


Columbia Country Club does not have overnight accommodations so the conference attendees are encouraged to book their own rooms, in advance, at a facility of their choice. Columbia has a wide selection of hotels and motels within a short distance.

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