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The Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (MoBCI) annual conference will be held during the evening of Friday August 19 (keynote address) and Saturday August 20 at Peachtree Catering and Banquet Center in Columbia. This year's conference theme is "Bird Habitat: Does a River Run Through It?" Cost is $45 but that includes snacks during the Friday evening social hour, and a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

If you've attended past conferences you're familiar with the quality of speakers this event draws. To learn more about the speakers and the topics under discussion this year go to http://mobci.org  and follow the link under "Headline News" in the left frame. It is exciting stuff and the morning session on "Perspectives of Floodplain Management and Changing Philosophies" is sure to be of particular interest this year.

I'm hoping to see many of you in attendance.
Good birding, Susan
Member of MoBCI Steering Committee, representing the Audubon Society of Missouri

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PS  MoBCI is a voluntary partnership of diverse groups with an interest in the conservation of all wild bird species. To date 61 organizations, including private conservation groups and public land management agencies, have signed the memorandum of agreement to participate. Page 43 of "The State of the Birds 2011: Report on Public Lands and Waters, USA" (http://www.stateofthebirds.org/State%20of%20the%20Birds%202011.pdf) uses MoBCI as the gold standard group for conserving "birds across geo-political boundaries, taxonomic groups, and landscapes" and expending $2.8 million since 2004 for habitat conservation. Yup, our 61 member organizations have lots to be proud about. See how many of the member organizations you might belong to by going to http://mobci.org/members.html.

Susan Hazelwood
Co-Owner, MOBirds-L
Columbia, MO
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