Preserving and restoring essential bird habitat is part of our mission.
White-breasted Nuthatch Photo: Missy Mandel
Birds are crucial components of healthy natural systems, serving as pollinators, predators, scavengers, seed dispersers, and engineers in all habitats. Birds serve as indicators of a broader ecosystem function and environmental health because they respond rapidly to climatic and other changes, and are relatively easy to see and study. Birds and humans need the same things – clean air, water, and land – so the future health of birds and that of humans is inextricably linked.
OUR MISSION: We Guide Learning. Live What We Teach. Nurture Respect For Nature and Thrive Outdoors.
The Important Bird Areas (IBA) program is an international bird conservation program designed to identify, monitor, and conserve areas that are the most important to birds. In Missouri, the IBA process began in November 2002 and 47 IBAs were identified in 2004.