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MoBCI By Laws
Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative
I. Background. 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.
II. Purpose. The 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. The 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.
III. Guiding Principles. The following principles guide
· 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
· 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.
IV. Charter Organizations. Charter organizations
of the MoBCI include:
· Academy of Science of St. Louis
· Audubon Missouri
· Audubon Society of Missouri
· Chariton Valley Audubon Society
· Columbia Audubon Society
· Conservation Federation of Missouri
· Ducks Unlimited
· Grand River Audubon Society
· Greater Ozarks Audubon Society
· Midland Empire Audubon Society
· Missouri Department of Conservation
· Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division
of State Parks
· Missouri Department of Transportation
· Missouri Falconers Association
· Missouri Prairie Foundation
· National Wild Turkey Federation
· Ozark Center for Wildlife Research
· Ozark National Scenic Riverways
· Ozark Regional Land Trust
· Pheasants Forever
· Quail Unlimited
· Ruffed Grouse Society
· St. Louis Audubon Society
· The Nature Conservancy
· The Sierra Club, Ozark Chapter
· University of Missouri, Dept. of Fisheries and
· US Fish and Wildlife Service
· USDA Forest Service, Mark Twain National Forest
· Webster Groves Nature Study Society
· Wild Birds for the 21st century
Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative
I. Membership and Organization
A. Organizational membership in the Missouri Bird Conservation
Initiative (MoBCI) is entirely voluntary and open to any
organization or public agency in accord with the purpose
and principles of the MoBCI as set forth in its Charter.
B. Affiliation with the Initiative is possible by completing
a commitment statement available from members, various websites,
or by writing/calling MoBCI.
II. General Assembly Composition, Roles, Expectations
A. There shall be at least one general meeting of the members
of MoBCI annually, to be called the General Assembly.
B. The meeting will be held in conjunction with an annual
Missouri Bird Conservation Conference to be organized and
sponsored by the MoBCI.
C. Each member organization shall have one (1) vote on
items before the General Assembly. Proxy voting will not
D. Said meeting will be called by the Chair of the MoBCI
Steering Committee at such time and place as designated
by the Steering Committee. Written notice of annual General
Assembly shall be mailed or otherwise provided to each member
at least three (3) weeks prior to such meetings.
E. Excepting such matters as may require immediate or urgent
attention, all business matters requiring action by the
membership shall be reserved to the maximum extent practicable
for consideration at General Assembly.
F. The General Assembly may set annual dues with the membership
year to run on a calendar year. Annual dues shall be payable
to the MoBCI Foundation at the time of application for membership
in the MoBCI, and shall be a condition of continuing membership.
G. Membership in MoBCI shall be forfeited for non-payment
of any required dues for the membership year. A notice of
delinquency shall be sent within one hundred twenty (120)
days after the start of the membership year. If required
dues are not paid within one hundred fifty (150) days after
the start of the membership year, the member shall be removed
from the membership list. Any membership which has been
forfeited for nonpayment of dues shall be automatically
reinstated upon remittance of dues payable for the current
year, said reinstatement being retroactive to the first
day of the membership year.
H. Membership is for organizations, although other membership
classes may be established or maintained as prescribed by
the General Assembly.
III. Steering Committee
A. The day-to-day efforts of the MoBCI are guided by a Steering
Committee as authorized by member organizations on August
16, 2003. Steering Committee responsibilities will include,
but are not limited to: setting the general direction and
emphasis of the MoBCI; creating and providing direction
and input to any and all subcommittees, working groups,
task forces, etc., working on behalf of the MoBCI; supporting
partnerships and initiatives; and participating in information
campaigns on behalf of the conservation of Missouri’s
bird resources. The Steering Committee shall be responsible
for the management of the affairs of the MoBCI between meetings
of the General Assembly. The Steering Committee shall be
authorized to perform or engage in the following business
and/or matters: (a) any action expressly authorized or reserved
to the Steering Committee under these bylaws, (b) any action
expressly authorized by previous resolution or action of
the General Assembly, and (c) business or matters of an
extraordinary nature or significance, or of such urgency
as to require immediate action, and for which it is not
reasonably practicable to defer action until the next regular
meeting of the General Assembly.
B. The Steering Committee will meet as needed but not fewer
than two times per year.
Members are expected to attend at their own expense.
C. The Steering Committee shall meet at any time at the
call of the Chair or the request of any three (3) members
of the Committee. Business may be conducted in person, by
mail, by e-mail, by fax, by conference call, or by telephone
poll. Business conducted by the Steering Committee in manners
other than in person will carry the same authority as business
conducted in person with action results reported/confirmed
in minutes of the next scheduled Steering Committee meeting.
D. A quorum of at least 50% of the Steering Committee membership
shall be required to conduct business.
E. The Steering Committee shall have up to eighteen (18)
representatives of member organizations who shall work on
behalf of the MoBCI as a whole. The Steering Committee will
serve as a nominating committee and will submit a slate
of candidates to the membership at the General Assembly.
The members of the Steering Committee shall be elected at
the annual General Assembly, with each member organization
in attendance having one vote. At the General Assembly meeting
in 2004, up to nine (9) members shall be elected for a one-year
term and up to nine (9) members shall be elected for a two-year
term. Thereafter, up to nine (9) members shall be elected
for two year terms each year. Steering Committee members
can stand for re-election.
F. If there are fewer than eighteen (18) members of the
Steering Committee, additional members may be added at the
discretion of and with the formal approval of the MoBCI
Steering Committee, subject to approval at the next meeting
of the General Assembly.
G. No member organization shall have more than one representative
on the Steering Committee; however, representatives of member
organizations shall not be limited in number insofar as
their respective organizational participation on standing
and ad hoc committees established by the MoBCI Steering
Committee for the purpose of furthering bird conservation
H. Steering Committee members are expected to participate
in the leadership activities of the MoBCI. A Steering Committee
member will be considered to be “inactive” if
four consecutive Steering Committee meetings are missed,
and if the Steering Committee member does not participate
in Steering Committee business for a period of one year.
To ensure continuity of the MoBCI operations, the naming
of proxy members of the Steering Committee will not be permitted
unless the named person is a permanent replacement for an
I. The Steering Committee will consider removing an organization’s
seat on the Committee if that organization’s representative
has been declared “inactive.”
J. The Steering Committee shall elect a Chair and Secretary
who will serve one year terms. The Chair may serve no more
than three successive one year terms.
K. The Chair shall be responsible for the overall leadership
of the MoBCI and shall work with the Steering Committee
to schedule Committee meetings, establish agendas, make
assignments to subcommittees and task groups, monitor progress,
report to member organizations, and complete other needed
leadership roles on behalf of the MoBCI.
L. The Secretary shall be responsible for the recording
and maintaining Steering Committee meeting minutes and an
historical record of MoBCI activities. Meeting summaries
will be shared with Steering Committee members as drafts
prior to their finalization and inclusion in the historical
record of the MoBCI. Minutes of the immediate prior meeting
will be formally approved by Steering Committee at their
next scheduled meeting.
M. The initial General Assembly of the MoBCI meeting on
August 16, 2003 delegated the authority for establishment
of the MoBCI’s first Steering Committee to an Interim
Planning Committee with their actions to be guided by these
N. The proceedings of the MoBCI shall be conducted in accordance
with Robert’s Rules of Order, unless unanimity prevails
for policy and programmatic decisions.
IV. MoBCI Foundation.
A. Financial management of MoBCI will be accomplished through
the MoBCI Foundation,
a not-for-profit 501((c) 3) corporation, formed specifically
for MoBCI contracting and
funds administration. The Foundation’s sole purpose
is to work in support of MoBCI at
the direction of the MoBCI Steering Committee.
B. The MoBCI Foundation will be led by MoBCI’s non-governmental
members who will
serve as a Board of Directors for the MoBCI Foundation.
Governmental members of the
MoBCI Steering Committee are ineligible to serve on the
MoBCI Foundation Board of Directors.
C. Officers of the MoBCI Foundation will include a President,
Vice President, Secretary-
Treasurer and Board Members in numbers designated by the
MoBCI Steering Committee. MoBCI Foundation Officers and
Board Members will serve 2 year terms and may be
reappointed by the MoBCI Steering Committee.
V. Audit. The MoBCI Steering Committee Chair shall, each
year, appoint an independent auditor to examine the books
of the MoBCI Foundation, and report to the General Assembly
meeting as to the correctness of the accounts rendered,
unless the Steering Committee shall, at its discretion,
waive the annual audit.
VI. Amendments. These Bylaws may be amended, altered or
repealed at any meeting of the General Assembly by a two-thirds
(2/3) vote of members present and voting, provided that
written notice of the meeting and the substance of the action
proposed shall be mailed or otherwise provided to each member
at least three (3) weeks prior to such meeting.
VII. Dissolution of MoBCI. The MoBCI may be dissolved by
majority action of either the General Assembly or the Steering
Committee. In the event of dissolution, the Steering Committee,
or, if necessary, the Treasurer shall, after the payment
of all MoBCI debts, transfer any residual funds to a suitable
bird conservation project in Missouri. Any decision on the
donation of residual funds shall be made by the Steering
Committee, unless that Committee is no longer functioning,
in which case, the decision shall be made by the Treasurer.