The Missouri Birding Society

The Missouri Birding Society

Founded in 1901 as The Audubon Society of Missouri, The Missouri Birding Society is a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of birds and other wildlife forms.

Mission Statement:

The society is dedicated to the preservation and protection of birds and other wildlife; to education and appreciation of the natural world; and to effective wildlife and habitat conservation practices.

The Missouri Birding Society continues as Missouri‚Äôs state ornithological organization founded as the Audubon Society of Missouri in 1901.  MBS is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society (NAS) or Audubon Missouri founded in 2000 which represents NAS in our state.  Dues paid to a local Audubon Chapter or to NAS do not support MBS. 

MBS activities and services include:
  • This MBS website which includes:  
    • Tips on improving birding skills
    • Where to look for birds in Missouri
    • Book reviews and articles about birds
    • Information on research scholarships
    • The Missouri Bird Records Committee reports
    • CACHE and SPARKS, checklist database projects in cooperation with MDC and DNR
    • Member-only benefits including access to upload photos to our photo gallery, membership information, and a member directory
  • The quarterly, The Bluebird, with informative and fun articles, the seasonal reports of Missouri bird records, and other features
  • An annual fall meeting at the Lake of the Ozarks, open to all birders, featuring birding, workshops and speakers
  • A spring meeting at venues around the state, open to all birders, featuring birding, workshops and speakers
  • Special workshops on bird identification
  • Opportunities to bird with others around the state on special days or weekends
  • Conducting surveys for CACHE (Conservation Area Checklist) and SPARKS (State Parks bird checklists)
  • Involvement in habitat-related partnership activities in Missouri