The Christmas Bird Count is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, performed annually in the early Northern-hemisphere winter by volunteer birdwatchers and administered by the National Audubon Society.
Join MPF board members Bruce Schuette and Vernon Elsberry for a free webinar on Wednesday, December 7 at 4:00 p.m. as they present information about the history and purpose of this longest-running community science project in the nation and how you can be involved on prairies or other habitats throughout the state. They will also share information on grassland birds that one would expect to encounter on prairies in December.
Bruce Schuette retired from working 36 years as a park naturalist at Cuivre River State Park, where he was involved in natural resource management (prescribed burns, exotic species control, ecosystem management), natural resource inventory, collections, monitoring, working with researchers, and nature education. He has served on the MPF board since January 2000, served as secretary 2005-2012, and is vice president of Science & Management and chairman of the Science & Management Committee. He has a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Vernon Elsberry is a graduate of Central Missouri State University, now the University of Central Missouri, with a degree in biology. He spent four years in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller, 11 years teaching biology in west-central Missouri, 26 years appraising real estate in west-central Missouri, and has been retired since 2014. He is a past president of Citizens for Environmental Action, a local environmental group involved in a variety of environmental issues, one of which is managing a seven-acre created prairie tract established in 1997 by Warrensburg Parks and Recreation. Vernon is an avid birder, fisherman, wood worker, husband, father, and grandfather.
The webinar, to be held via Zoom, will include a presentation and a question and answer session. The webinar will be recorded, and sent to all registrants as well as posted to our YouTube channel.
Cost: FreeRegister here
Photo by Matt Miles.