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For background information on Conservation Day at Missouri’s Capitol, follow this link to a previous KMZU article.

Click below to hear KMZU’s Justin Aldred interview Brandon Butler, the Executive Director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, explains why all of the different organizations have decided to work together.

Brandon Butler

Follow this link to visit the Federation’s website.

Missouri Prairie Foundation Booth

Missouri Prairie Foundation Booth

Click below to listen to KMZU’s Justin Aldred’s interview with Carol Davit, the Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, tells us why this foundation is important to Missouri Conservation.

Carol Davit

Davit also explains that the Missouri Prairie Foundation is also home to the “grow native program,” that promotes the use of native plants for wildlife habitat and home landscaping. Follow this link to the Foundation’s website.

Click below to hear KMZU’s Justin Aldred speak with Deb Schnack, the Vice-President of the Missouri Parks Association, explains what the organization does and how it’s made possible.

Deb Schnack

Follow this link to visit the Association’s website.

Katy Land Trust booth.

Katy Land Trust booth.

Click below to listen to KMZU’s Justin Aldred speak with Elsa Gallagher, the Missouri State Quail Coordinator for Quail Forever, give a bit of history on the organization.

Elsa Gallagher

Gallagher also explained that Quail Forever worked with both the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Missouri Department of Conservation last year to do a youth and new hunter dove initiative. Follow this link to visit the organizations website.

Click below to hear KMZU’s Justin Aldred interview Nic Salick, a Grassland Bird Technician with the Missouri River Bird Observatory, who explains some data gathering techniques.

Nic Salick

The Missouri River Bird Observatory is an organization that began in 2009 and now has 7 members completing large scale monitoring efforts, forwarding conservation and providing outreach to the general public. Follow this link to visit the organizations website.

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Click below to listen to KMZU’s Justin Aldred’s interview with John Burk, the Regional Biologist for the National Wild Turkey Federation, who spoke about the Federations new initiative.

John Burk

Burk explained that conservation is expensive, but through partnership with other conservation minded organizations, they can make great things happen. Follow this link to visit the Federation’s website.

Missouri Outdoor Communicators booth.

Missouri Outdoor Communicators booth.

Click below to hear KMZU’s Justin Aldred speak with Kyle Stewart, the Communications Manager for the Missouri Outdoor Communicators, explain who should join and why, as well as a little information about a scholarship for eligible college students.

Kyle Stewart

The Missouri Outdoor Communicators is an organization of professional outdoor media that promotes the word about Missouri outdoors. Follow this link to visit the Communicators website.

Click below to listen to KMZU’s Justin Aldred interview Ken Drenon, a member of the Missouri Trapper’s Association, who spoke about items the association feels is important to Missouri conservation.

Ken Drenon

Drenon also stated that the Missouri Trappers Association was instrumental in the re-introduction of the river otter in the state of Missouri. Follow this link to visit the Association’s website.

Missouri Collegiate Conservation Alliance booth.

Missouri Collegiate Conservation Alliance booth.

Click below to hear KMZU’s Justin Aldred’s joint interview with Denver Long and David Calandro. Long is the Statewide Director for the Missouri Collegiate Conservation Alliance and Calandro is the Founder and President.

Denver Long and David Calandro

The Missouri Collegiate Conservation Alliance was formed this year, originating from the University of Missouri in Columbia, but has spread to be a statewide organization. The young men deemed the day a success for their new organization, citing 15 collegiate institutes in attendance as well as two high schools, at the Conservation Day at the Capitol. Follow this link to visit the Alliance’s Facebook page. 

Click below to hear KMZU’s Justin Aldred speak with Gabe Huffington, the Park Services Manager for the Columbia Parks and Recreation.

Gabe Huffington

Columbia Parks and Recreations is a volunteer based conservation organization, and most of it’s funding comes from the membership dues that all members must pay as well as the members time donation. Follow this link to visit the organization’s website.

Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative booth.

Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative booth.

Click below to listen to KMZU’s Justin Aldred interview with Gene Gardner, the Chair of the Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative, talk about some activities the organization provides.

Gene Gardner

Land that the organization is looking for in the grant program is designated as priority areas, meaning areas where there is a greater need for habitat. Although, Gardner does say that it is not impossible to qualify for the grant in non-priority areas, as there is always a need for habitat conservation. Follow this link to visit the Initiative’s website.

Click below to listen to KMZU’s Justin Aldred’s interview with Tony Elliot, the President of the Missouri Chapter of the Wildlife Society, explains why  Missouri has a great conservation heritage and why we need to continue work to preserve that.

Tony Elliot

Follow this link to visit the Society’s website.

Click below to hear KMZU’s Justin Aldred speak with David Calandro, the Founder and President of the Missouri Collegiate Conservation Alliance, explains why he founded this organization.

David Calandro

Calandro says the organization was created in order to encourage college students to register to vote and learn about conservation legislative issues.

Missouri Small Mouth Alliance booth.

Missouri Small Mouth Alliance booth.

Click below to hear KMZU’s Justin Aldred interview Matt Wier, the President of the Missouri Smallmouth Alliance, talked to legislators and interested people about the current conservation challenges in legislation.

Matt Wier

Wier was also educating people on how important conservation relationships are as well, as far as relationships with legislators and between conservation minded organizations. Follow this link to visit the Alliance’s website.

 

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Click below to listen to KMZU’s Justin Aldred interview Martin Ash, the Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, explain what the organization is all about.

Martin Ash

Ash said that the organization currently has around 10-thousand volunteers, and more helping hands are always needed. He says there are frequent work days at Pecks Ranch, a fundamental location for the foundation. Follow this link to visit the Foundation’s website.

Click below to listen to KMZU’s Justin Aldred’s interview with Craig Alderman, the Executive Director of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, explain the message he and the Federation were sending to the legislators.

Craig Alderman

Follow this link to visit the Federation’s website.

Renew Missouri booth.

Renew Missouri booth.

Click below to hear KMZU’s Justin Aldred speak with Heather Navarro, the Executive Director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, explain what the organization is all about.

Heather Navarro

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is a non-profit organization based out of St. Louis, but has statewide reach. Navarro says the Coalition is looking to get more college students involved in their cause as well. Follow this link to visit the Coalition’s website.