Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (MoBCI)
"Working Together To Conserve Bird Populations and Their Habitats"

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PMB 117
2101 W. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203
Gene Gardner, Secretary,
573-522-4115 x3353
Email: Gene.Gardner@mdc.mo.gov

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About Us Intro

The Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (MoBCI) is a partnership of organizations that "get excited about birds," care about bird conservation, and/or have formal legal responsibilities for bird conservation. It is an organization of organizations, a diverse partnership dedicated to the conservation of wild birds and their habitats. The MoBCI was formally established August 16, 2003 following the written commitment of 28 organizations to unite in the pursuit of integrated all bird conservation. A series of communication and consensus building meetings preceded the MoBCI's official formation. Now 46 organizations have agreed to participate in the initiative.


MoBCI has as its primary purpose to work together to conserve, restore, and protect bird populations. MoBCI members realize that our respective organizational interests in birds are varied, but also that these diverse interests, if unified, represent a powerful force of action and voice on behalf of birds and their habitats. Further, member organizations recognize that much more can be accomplished if we jointly engage in what are truly common goals. Moreover, communication and cooperation promote an understanding of our respective individual and organizational interests in birds. Accompanying that understanding is appreciation for the motivations of others. MoBCI is Missouri's "step down" of the hemispheric and international integrated bird conservation partnership--the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI). The NABCI vision is one where "Populations and habitats of North America's birds are protected, restored, and enhanced through coordinated efforts at international, national, regional, state, and local levels, guided by sound science and effective management." Like the NABCI, the Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative is about conserving birds across geopolitical boundaries, across taxonomic groups, and across landscapes. Also, like NABCI, the MoBCI is a partnership based affiliation; however, it is designed for delivery of conservation at the state and local levels.

Guiding Principles

The following principles guide MoBCI operations:

  • The following principles guide MoBCI operations:
  • Bird conservation depends upon the coordination of diverse skills and resources of landowners, government agencies, businesses, private and public institutions, and all citizens who care for birds.
  • Bird conservation demands that attention be focused on the full array of wild bird species.
  • Bird conservation is based on the best available science.
  • Voluntary partnerships are essential for the effective delivery of integrated bird conservation.
  • Knowledge is shared widely to encourage voluntary stewardship and further bird-based recreation.

Consider the following:

  • In Missouri, 26 percent of bird species exhibited significant declining trends from 1980 to 2000. This is an increase of 9 percent over the 1966-1979 time period. (Source: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center -- Analysis of Breeding Bird Survey data).
  • Abundance indices for important Missouri game birds--northern bobwhite, mourning dove, and American woodcock -- have declined sharply along Breeding Bird Survey routes from 1966-2000. Meanwhile, indices of ruffed grouse abundance in Missouri dating to 1960 reached record lows in 2000.
  • Fifty-two birds are listed on the Missouri Species of Conservation Concern Checklist. Species listed include: American bittern, marsh wren, Swainson's warbler, king rail, Cerulean warbler, greater prairie-chicken, Northern harrier, Henslow's sparrow, Bachman's sparrow and interior least tern.
Missouri is located at the confluence of the nation's largest river systems. These rivers and their associated wetlands provide critical migration stopovers and breeding and wintering habitat for many species of birds. However, over 90 percent of the wetlands once present in Missouri have been destroyed. Their loss has had profound, but largely unquantified, impacts on these species.


2010/2011 MoBCI Steering Committee


MoBCI Steering Committee

Contact Information

(Revised July 14 , 2011)


Amy Buechler, CFM Liaison                   (2009-2011)

Conservation Federation of Missouri

728 West Main Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101-1559

573-634-2322 (O)

800-575-2322 (O)

573-634-8205 (FAX)



John Burk,, Conference Chair                                 (2010-2012)

National Wild Turkey Federation

7152 Tomahawk Lane

Steedman, MO 65077

573-676-5994 (fax and O)



Charles Burwick, Chair                          (2010-2012)

Greater Ozarks Audubon Society

1947 S. Kings Avenue

Springfield, MO 65807

417-881-8393 (H)

417-860-9505 (Cell)



Ted Cooper                                               (2010-2012)

Missouri Grouse Chapter

Quail & Upland Wildlife Federation

1132 Eagle Creek Road

Wildwood, MO 63005

618-570-9347 (H)

618-570-9347 (Cell)

800-234-5828 (O)



Mike Currier, Co-Chair                            (2010-2012)

and Website Chair  

DNR State Parks

1659 E. Elm St.

Jefferson City, MO 65101



Denny Donnell                                          (2009-2011)

Columbia Audubon Society

1105 Pheasant Run

Columbia, MO 65201




Gene Gardner, Secretary                        (2010-2012)

Missouri Dept. of Conservation

P.O. Box 180

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180

573-522-4115 ext. 3353 (O)

573-353-2726 (cell)

573-526-4663 (fax)




Dave Graber                                            (2009-2011)

Ducks Unlimited                                                      
4605 Roemer Road

Columbia, MO 65202
573-443-8855 (H)

573-214-1318 (cell)



Susan Hazelwood                                     (2010-2012)

Audubon Society of Missouri                                  

3005 Chapel Hill Road

Columbia, MO 65203

573-445-4925 (H)



Steve Heying                                             (2009-2011)

Missouri Falconers Association

514 Redbud Lane

Ashland, MO 65010


573-864-6598 (Cell)

573-442-3455(o) (fax info to office number)



Doug Ladd                                                (2010-2012)

Science Director

The Nature Conservancy

2800 S. Brentwood Blvd.

St. Louis MO 63144

314-968-1105 (O)



Alan Leary                                               (2009-2011)

Missouri Department of Transportation

P.O. Box 270

Jefferson City, MO 65102

573-526-6678 (O)

573-522-1973 (fax)




Wayne Morton                                         (2010-2012)

President, MoBCI Foundation

MO Chapter North Amer. Grouse Partnership      

4950 Northeast 501 Rd.

Osceola, MO 64776

417-646-2450 (H)

417-646-8123 (O)

417-777-1746 (cell)




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Steve Mowry                                            (2010-2012)

Missouri Prairie Foundation

5600 N. Antioch

Kansas City, MO 64114

816-370-2353 (H)

816-830-6900 (cell)



Frank Oberle                                            (2010-2012)

Missouri Native Seed Assoc.

24882 Prairie Grove Trail

Novinger, MO 63559


660-216-1528 (cell)




Tony Robyn                                              (2010-2012)
V.P./Executive Director
Audubon Missouri
201 West Riviera Drive, Suite. A
Joplin, MO 64804
417-626-8842 (O)
417-623-2288 (Fax)



Linda Tossing                                           (2009-2011)

St. Louis Audubon Society                                       

9859 Charwick Dr.

St. Louis, MO 63128

314-849-4260 (home)

314-495-3063 (cell)




Kelly Srigley Werner, Grants Chair        (2010-2012)

Missouri Private Lands Coordinator

Missouri Private Lands Office

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

101 Park DeVille Dr. Suite A

Columbia, Missouri 65203

573-234-2132 ext. 112 (O)

573-239-0764 (cell)                                 





MoBCI Permanent Mailing Address:

Jerry Wade

Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative Foundation

PMB 117

2101 West Broadway

Columbia, MO 65203





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