Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (MoBCI)
Minutes of the General Assembly Meeting
August 20, 2011
Days Inn, Columbia, MO
The MoBCI General Assembly met August 20, 2011, in conjunction with the 9th
Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative Conference held at the Peachtree Catering
and Banquet Center, Columbia, Missouri (August 19-20, 2011). The theme for
the Conference was “Bird Habitat: Does A River Run Through It?”
Highlights/actions of the General Assembly are summarized below.
1. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Charlie Burwick, MoBCI Steering Committee Chair, opened the meeting.
After welcoming the group and conducting some housekeeping, he gave
some highlights about MoBCI activities over the past year. With the
Conference theme being centered around water, Charlie talked about water
quality and quantity and human issues regarding this precious resource. He
also mentioned the trying times of decreasing federal funding through the
State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Federal FY11 budget, but said the Missouri
Teaming With Wildlife coalition played an important part of getting at least
some funding. In recognition that the MoBCI grant program receives its
funding from SWG, he said MoBCI will continue strong and will rise to meet
the challenge. He then recognized the MoBCI Steering Committee for their
service the past year.
Chair Burwick also reported that again, in 2011, several members of the
MoBCI Steering Committee convened with First Lady Georganne Wheeler
Nixon to deliver the Governor’s Proclamation declaring May 14, 2011, as Bird
Conservation Day in Missouri. This year’s proclamation focused on the wood
duck and the prothonotary warbler.
2. Roll Call of Member Organizations by Chair.
a. The roll call of organizations indicated that 23 of the 62
organizations that make up the MoBCI partnership were present at
the General Assembly meeting. Several new organizations joined
MoBCI during 2011.
b. Charlie also recognized John Burk as the Conference Chair and his
conference committee members and John, in turn, also recognized
his members and thanked them.
3. Minutes of 2009 General Assembly Meeting.
a. MoBCI Secretary Gene Gardner prepared minutes of the August
28, 2010 General Assembly meeting and made them available for
review. The 2010 minutes were approved with one minor revision
4. Financial Report.
a. MoBCI Foundation Treasurer Jerry Wade gave a verbal financial
statement. The Foundation had about $4,000 in checking prior to
Conference expenditures. He also mentioned potential income
from Conference registration.
b. Jerry commented that it takes about $500-600/yr expenses for
c. Chair Burwick accepted a motion to approve the MoBCI Foundation
Treasurer’s report, which was seconded and passed by the
5. Election of Steering Committee Representatives
Chair Charlie Burwick presented a slate of candidates that had agreed to
continue serving on the MoBCI Steering Committee as their
organizations’ representative. A list of the following candidates was read
by Charlie, including Amy Buechler (CFM), Denny Donnell (Columbia
Audubon Soc.), Gene Gardner (MDC),Dave Graber (DU), Steve Heying
(Missouri Falconers Assoc.), Alan Leary (MoDOT), and Linda Tossing
(St. Louis Audubon Soc.). Chair Burwick then opened up the floor for
additional nominations. Hearing none, a motion was made and seconded
to adopt the slate of nominations as read (above names) and it was
6. Old Business
a. Chair Burwick recognized the MoBCI subcommittees for their
service the past year and gave the subcommittee chairs an
opportunity to speak.
b. MoBCI Grants Subcommittee Chair Kelly Srigley Werner
announced that $82,700 in MoBCI Grant Program funds, provided
by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the USFWS Private
Lands Program, NWTF, and some donations had been awarded to
six (6) grantees through approvals from the MoBCI Steering
Committee. Originally, $112,200 in grant funds were awarded to
eight (8) projects, but due to reduced allocations to Missouri from
the SWG Federal FY2011 budget, and some grantees cancelling
their projects, MoBCI was unable to fund an additional $90,000 of
on-the ground habitat restoration projects that were proposed.
c. Membership – Gene Gardner briefly mentioned that the addition of
two more partners during the MoBCI Conference put the number
of organizations that belonged to MoBCI at 62 partners.
d. Conference committee – John Burk made mention only of the silent
7. New Business.
Amy Buechler reported that she was working with Mike Currier and
Susan Hazelwood to revamp the MoBCI website to make it easier to
make changes and be more dynamic. In the coming months, they will
be updating projects and other information and she welcomed any
suggestions that people might have to put things on the website.
8. General Assembly Meeting Adjourned.
A motion to adjourn was approved by members present.
Gene Gardner, Secretary (2007-2012)