Maxmillian sunflowers (Helianthus maximilianii). Photo: Pat Whalen

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121st Annual Christmas Bird Count

121st Annual Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the longest-running community science project in the United States, started by ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, who saw the value in counting birds instead of shooting them, which had been a Christmas Day tradition in the late 1800s....

Webinars and Master Classes for the New Year

Webinars and Master Classes for the New Year

Missouri Prairie Foundation & Grow Native! Webinars and Master Classes for the New Year Enjoy weekly online programming January through March 2021 December 15, 2020, Columbia, MO—The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) and its 20-year-old Grow Native! program have...

Ferruginous Hawk at Prairie State Park

Ferruginous Hawk at Prairie State Park

Prairie State Park in Barton County, MO had an interesting avian visitor last week—a young ferruginous hawk! It was first identified by Vivek Govind Kumar on November 23rd, and has been reported each day through the 29th. Thanks to eBird, Facebook groups, listservs,...

End of the Year Giving

End of the Year Giving

Please consider making a tax-deductible, year-end gift to MPF today or before the end of the year. Donate now and help us continue our important work. (Please read about the CARES Act of 2020 and how it benefits donors and nonprofits like MPF). MPF owns and manages...

Another Prairie Saved by MPF

Another Prairie Saved by MPF

On Nov. 23, 2020, MPF closed on its second* prairie acquisition of 2020: a 40-acre original, unplowed prairie in Polk County. This newest MPF property is east of Hwy. 13 and south of Bolivar, MO. This new acquisition is a limestone/dolomite prairie–a rare natural...

MPF Receives Conservation Impact Award

MPF Receives Conservation Impact Award

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation have recognized the Missouri Prairie Foundation for its commitment to Missouri’s native grasslands.   JEFFERSON CITY (October 19, 2020)—During the virtual Missouri...

MPF and Grow Native! Webinars and Master Classes

MPF and Grow Native! Webinars and Master Classes

Get excited for our new MPF and Grow Native! webinars! Thanks to your post-webinar survey feedback we learned that you want more, so we are bringing back our free webinars as well as new master class webinars! These master classes will give a more in-depth look at...

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Be a Part of the 2020 Marker Match Campaign

Recognizing the importance of the work MPF does to project prairies and expand prairie plantings, MPF lifetime members Susan Lordi Marker and Dennis Marker will match—to $20,000 —all donations of any amount given in 2020 to support prairie protection and prairie plantings.