Help Reverse Declining Bird Numbers

Breeding in central North America and wintering in Central America, the scissor-tailed flycatcher is an iconic prairie and savanna bird. Photo by Noppadol Paothong.


On October 16, 2019, the Missouri Department of Conservation issued a news release about the need for organizations and citizens statewide to help reverse declining bird numbers. The release also announced the availability of the Missouri Bird Conservation Plan, developed by the Missouri Department of Conservation in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, regional bird conservation Joint Ventures, the Missouri River Bird Observatory, and other conservation groups including the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

Some of the ways you can help reverse declining bird numbers include:
Support the Missouri Prairie Foundation and its prairie acquisition and stewardship programs.
Place stickers on windows to help birds see these clear surfaces and avoid colliding with them.
Plant native plants, which are the foundation of the food web, providing food for insects and other invertebrates, which birds must feed their babies. Visit the Missouri Prairie Foundation's Grow Native! website for a resource guide to suppliers of native plants, seeds, and native plant services.