“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
The Missouri Prairie Foundation is a partner with the Missouri Department of Conservation in recognizing this milestone and importance of migratory bird habitat. The year 2016 marks 50 years for MPF, and is also the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds (also called the Migratory Bird Treaty), signed on Aug. 16, 1916. The Migratory Bird Treaty, and three others that followed, form the cornerstones of conservation efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. The Treaty connects the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service—the federal agency responsible for, among many other responsibilities, the management of migratory birds and National Wildlife Refuges—with other federal, state, private, non-governmental, tribal, and international partners, who share a long, successful history of conserving, protecting, and managing migratory bird populations and their habitats. Celebrating the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty provides an opportunity for all bird conservation partners to work together to galvanize efforts to protect migratory birds for the generations to come.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via coordination by the Missouri Department of Conservation, has called upon many groups in Missouri to help promote the centennial and the importance of migratory birds and their habitats. As a partner in this endeavor, MPF has organized a number of bird-related activities for 2016, including a bird presentation at its Annual Dinner on Aug. 6, articles, and a glade bird investigation on May 22. See event listing for more information.