Jim - what an excellent summary!  And, I am very glad the question was
asked, because I did not know the details of all this involvement - just had
kind of a vague notion that partnerships regarding habitat were being


It makes me feel proud that in a very tiny way, I am part of those efforts.
I may not be the one out there doing the back-breaking work of "hands-on"
restoration; but if my data posting to CACHE results in funds being
available for these efforts,  I feel very good about that.  Other
contributors to CACHE hopefully receive the same satisfaction.


Thanks for the information and connecting the dots for me!

Jean Leonatti
Boone County
Columbia, MO
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Doug and MoBirders,


I will try to explain the level of involvement of The Audubon Society of
Missouri (ASM) in the partnerships that exist in these organizations.


ASM is a small non-profit organization that is about birding, birds, and
bird habitat. In looking for a way that we could contribute to the themes of
conservation, preservation and restoration, ASM has teamed up with several
state organizations to help in these areas as best as we can for being a
small group. The question of money and how is it being applied to
partnerships and conservation efforts are as follows:


 Most everyone in Missouri that has been accessing MoBords-L list serve,
should know about CACHE and SPARKS projects that ASM is involved with as of
to date. Making that assumption, I will go from there.


CACHE I: ASM pledged  $7600.00 to the Grassland Coalition towards the
restoration of prairie lands for the Greater Prairie Chicken.


CACHE II: ASM pledged $5000.00 to the Montrose Wetland Restoration Project,
restoring wetland habitat.


CACHE III: ASM pledged $3000.00 to the Northeast Missouri Prairie Project,
again working towards saving the prairie chicken.


CACHE IV: ASM pledged $5000.00 to the Mingo Basin Partnership Phase I, to
restore and enhance palustine and emergent wetland in the Mingo Basin.


CACHE V: Is still in negotiations and has of yet not been signed.


Other projects that ASM has been involved in are; River Hills Forest Ruffed
Grouse Habitat Project (partnering with the Ruffed Grouse Society) and the
Truman Wetland Restoration Project (partnering with several organization
including Ducks Unlimited).


These partnerships include several state and national organizations. Mostly
the Missouri Department of Conservation, The Missouri Department of Natural
Resources, and many off shoots or extensions of the these organizations. As
part of the CACHE agreements, we (ASM) are required to take the money that
we receive and put it back into conservation efforts like the ones mentioned
above, used for grant matched money from the various organizations.


There is nothing secretive about what ASM is doing for conservation efforts
for Missouri birds nor the organizations that we partnership with. It is
strictly for the betterment of habitat and habitat restoration for the
birds. ASM is trying to do our part by contributing in the manner that I
have presented to you now. Please, if any of the Board of Directors or any
of the past Presidents of ASM has any further comments to help explain and
clarify these issues, please speak up.


Thank you,


Jim Zellmer


The Audubon Society of Missouri

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--- On Tue, 8/11/09, Doug Willis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Doug Willis <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Questions About CACHE Project
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Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 11:15 AM

Edge and Mobirders:

Wow, phase V of CACHE already! I've heard a lot about "partnerships" related
to habitat restoration in regards to this program and was wondering if those
involved could provide specific examples of how the CACHE money is being
spent. What habitat is being preserved? 

Also, didn't we already have a state checklist? For the CACHE data to truly
influence management decisions, wouldn't a tight, standardized,
peer-reviewed methodology be required?

Unless I'm missing something, wouldn't buying a hunting/fishing license be a
more effective, direct way to preserve these habitats (and a duck stamp for

Just curious,

Doug Willis

Liberty, MO

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P.S. Not trying to start a town hall meeting or anything, I am genuinely
interested to know how this money is being spent and what habitat is being
preserved as a result.


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