The Columbia, Missouri chapter of the Audubon Society — serving Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Howard, Monroe & Randolph Counties

The Columbia Audubon Society was organized in 1958 and serves six mid-Missouri counties: Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Howard, Monroe, and Randolph. Our mission is to preserve the natural world and its ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and the earth's biological diversity through education, environmental study and habitat restoration and protection.

News & Issues

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015

Scholorships Available for Teacher Summer Workshops in Ecology and Ornithology

The Columbia Audubon Society is accepting applications from mid-Missouri teachers to attend a week long summer ecology or ornithology workshop at the National Audubon Society Camp on Hog Island in Maine. Each award covers tuition, room, and board for an intensive multi-day course of field study and instruction in ornithology, ecology, and conservation. We ask that Scholarship winners be willing to give a short presentation of their Hog Audubon experience to the CAS membership in the fall of 2016. The value of each scholarship is approximately $1000. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the recipient. (Columbia Public Schools applicant may qualify for a travel reimbursement of $300 if he/she offers a fall workshop. In-service credit is also provided for CPS teachers.)

For more information, download the application (500KB PDF).

Monday, Sep 28, 2015

Bird Habitat Improvement Grant Available for Educators

The Jerry Wade Youth Habitat and Education Program is a matching grant program created by the Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (MoBCI), the Audubon Society of Missouri (ASM – see and the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA – see Memorial gifts honoring Jerry Wade and funds from these organizations provide the dollars to support this effort to engage youth and their teachers in habitat improvement to benefit birds.

Grant award(s) will be up to $500 each to purchase materials or supplies to carry out bird habitat conservation projects in Missouri. $500 is available for awards for 2015-2016. Eligible activities include projects that protect, enhance or restore bird habitats on any lands in Missouri. All projects should be habitat based and not strictly designed for monitoring. An educational component is mandatory. Awards will be made to the recipient's school or organization. RECEIPT DEADLINE: October 31, 2015. Details and application form are available from: (37 KB PDF)

Monday, Jun 8, 2015

Summer/Fall 2015 Prairie Seed Collecting

If you'd like to help the prairie restoration project at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary, come join us at one of these upcoming seed collection events:

  • June 25 - Thursday evening – Prairie Fork or Auxvasse Glade
  • July 7 – Tuesday evening – Tucker Prairie
  • July 23 – Thursday evening – Tucker Prairie
  • August 11 –Tuesday evening – Prairie Fork
  • August 29 – Saturday – Tucker Prairie
  • Sept. 8 – Tuesday evening –Auxvasse Glade
  • Sept. 26 - Saturday – Diggs Area
  • October 10 – Saturday – Rocky Fork CA
  • October 11 – Sunday– Prairie Fork or Auxvasse Glade
  • E-mail John Besser to receive updates on where to meet and what to bring.

    Friday, May 1, 2015

    CAS Receives $10,000 Donation For Prairie Restoration

    The prairie restoration efforts undertaken by Columbia Audubon Society recently received an magnificent boost through a generous anonymous donation of $10,000 intended to support this project. CAS extends its heartfelt gratitude to this donor for valuing birds, habitat restoration, and conservation. Members have been working for years to coordinate with the City of Columbia, other organizations, and private citizens who share the values of the CAS mission. CAS has worked with these entities to collect native seed from natural areas around the region, prepare the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary for prairie restoration, and to educate the public about the value of CANS. This donation significantly boosts the possibilities for public education & enjoyment of birds while increasing the biodiversity of our area. — Eric Reuter

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    The Chat - Oct. 2015 (1.1MB PDF)

    Next Program/Meeting

    Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 • 7pm
    Unitarian-Universalist Church
    2615 Shepard Blvd

    Free & Open to the Public

    Brent Wade and Betsy Blake
    Columbia Public Schools
    “Hog Island Scholarship recipients”

    These two educators were recipients of the CAS Hog Island Scholarship. They will talk about their experiences at the Audubon Society's educator workshop in Maine and how they incorporate all they learned into their teaching.

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    Upcoming Field Trips

    Saturday, Oct 17, 2015
    Depart: 7am
    Gold Crest Distributing Warehouse Sale

    Saturday, Oct 31, 2015
    Depart: 8am
    Binder Lake

    Saturday, Nov 7, 2015
    Start: 8am
    McBaine Wetlands and Lower Perche Creek

    Saturday, May 7, 2016
    Depart: 7am
    Prairie Garden Trust with River Bluffs Audubon Society

    Mid-Missouri Friends of Audubon

    The following businesses have provided significant financial support to the Columbia Audubon Society. Please remember to support them when you need feeders, bird seed, etc., and remember to thank them for their assistance in funding our projects.

  • Songbird Station, 2010 Chapel Plaza Court, Columbia, MO
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