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As previously announced on MOBIRDS and with in depth coverage in the
December Bluebird, the Audubon Society of Missouri (ASM) has entered into
a Cooperative Agreement with the Mo Department of Conservation (MDC) to
establish a web-based database to collect bird occurrence data from
birders visiting MDC Conservation Areas in order to create bird
checklists.  This Conservation Area Checklist Project will be known as
CACHE.  

We had targeted a date of January or February 2006 for the on-line
database to be ready for data entry, but I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that
due to the overwhelmingly industriousness (not to mention amazing genius)
of database developer Patrick Harrison, the database is NOW ready for
use.  The database can be accessed through ASM's web site
www.mobirds.org.  Directions on how to use the database will be
immediately forthcoming on MOBIRDS by Patrick.

This is a wonderful opportunity for birders to put their skills to good
use by logging their sightings on the CACHE database.  Fifteen
Conservation Areas (noted on the web site info/directions) have priority
this first year, but data on any and all Conservation Areas is
encouraged.  For providing this data, ASM will receive monetary
compensation from MDC to be used towards partnership habitat restoration
projects that will benefit birds.

I congratulate Patrick on his work in developing the CACHE database, and
I encourage all birders to participate in this very important project!
Happy holidays and good birding!
Sue Gustafson
President, Audubon Society of Missouri
St. Louis, MO
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