Building Partnerships and Tools to Protect Our Great Rivers IBA
Lane Richter’s connection to the environment led him on a path to Americorps, where he spent two years working on a variety of conservation projects including invasive species removal, glade and woodland restoration, and trail maintenance in the national forests of Missouri and Montana. Excited for a chance to work closely with people who share similar conservation values, Lane was motivated to serve an Americorps term with the developing Audubon Center at Riverlands.
At the Center, Lane was specifically tasked with the Missouri Clean Water Program, a program that educates students on water quality issues and the importance of the Mississippi River to wildlife and humans. His field trips have helped to not only educate, but also alleviate students’ initial trepidation with new experiences in nature. Lane, bringing his own passion to the explorations, replaces that fear with enthusiasm and curiosity.
The Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship helped Lane expand on his education and engagement experience to develop a unified landbird monitoring program for the Great Rivers Confluence IBA. Lane worked to increase partnerships with other conservation groups and research institutions, as well as local Audubon chapter members, university students, and staff. From these partnerships, Lane assembled a team to gather data, implemented a monitoring protocol, and shared findings to better inform and address future conservation issues locally and nationwide. His ultimate goal is that other IBAs will be able to duplicate the process and reap the benefits of unified monitoring.