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, Aug 16, 2017

Drone video of prairie restoration

Rich Shaw of Missouri Drone Journalism recently created a short video of drone footage documenting the continuing prairie restoration at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary and the neighboring Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary.

View the video on YouTube here:

More than 15 acres of a former cow pasture were seeded with Missouri native grasses and wildflowers. In 2016, the Native Plant Society helped plant 147 pounds of seed containing 86 species to restore the prairie. Now in its second full growth season, the prairie is an explosion of color.

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017

"New Prairie Lights up the Night"

The Columbia Tribune recently featured an article by Columbia Public Schools

Monday, May 1, 2017

April Meeting Highlights

Attendees of the CAS meeting were treated to an interesting presentation by Danielle Fox, the Community Conservationist for the City of Columbia. Danielle has drawn upon her academic background and past work with the Missouri Departmentof Conservation to develop a wide range of plans, programs, and partnerships intended to promote conservation within and the Columbia community. Current projects include restoring land for butterfly habitat and building the CoMoWild Yards program, which seeks to match homeowners interested in planting and managing their lawns for better pollinator and bird habitat with volunteer advisors who can mentor those efforts. Also, official elections were held for the 2017-2018 CAS board. The only change will be John Besser taking over for Lottie Bushmann as Vice-President, while remaining as Natural Areas chair. Please thank both Lottie and John for their service to CAS the next time you see them.

Monday, May 1, 2017

CAS Spring Picnic

Please join us for our annual spring picnic! Plan to meet at the shelter at 4 p.m. to take a walk around the path to CANS so we can admire the prairie restoration work that has gone on this past year. Last week there was Indian Paintbrush blooming! The nfrom 5:30-7 p.m. we’ll gather at the shelter for a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share. Plates, cups, napkins, and silverware will be provided as well as drinks. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Grassland Wayside Panel Dedication Day Activities

CAS members were greeted with perfect weather on Sunday, April 23, to enjoy a full day of activities at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. They were celebrating the dedication of the state’s first interactive bird checklist wayside panel, a product of the 10-year cooperative agreement between the Audubon Society of Missouri (ASM) and Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of State Parks.
ASM volunteers (many CAS members among them) work to help Missourians become more familiar with birds through the State Parks Checklist Project (SPARKS). The program makes park checklists available to the public online and at state park visitor centers. The new interactive wayside panel allows park visitors to use a QR code to download the Rock Bridge Memorial State Park bird checklist for use in the park. 
The day began with a bird walk along Spring Creek and the Sinkhole Trail, led by Kathleen Anderson and Edge Wade. Among the birds seen were just-returned Great Crested Flycatcher, White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireo, and Blue-winged and Kentucky Warbler. Several participants satisfied well-earned appetites and shared birding lore and experiences over lunch at Buckingham’s Smokehouse BBQ before returning to the park for the dedication ceremony hosted by Park Superintendent Sarah Jones, who described the habitat development and maintenance of the restored prairie traversed by the Grassland Trail. Allison Vaughn, representing DNR for SPARKS agreements, followed with additional comments about Missouri State Parks’ habitat maintenance and the value of the SPARKS agreement with ASM. Edge Wade, conservation partnership coordinator, noted that the SPARKS program is the work of volunteers and that funds earned are used for formal bird monitoring work, scholarships for young people to learn about habitat needs of birds, and many other projects in partnership with a variety of organizations in Missouri. 
To cap the day, Greg Leonard led an eager troop of birders and Americorps volunteers on a walk through the grasslands. Northern Bobwhite, Red-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Yellow-breasted Chat were among the species entertaining the group.

Friday, Sep 9, 2016

Eagle Bluffs Management Plan

The Missouri Department of Conservation has been seeking public input on a proposed 10-year management plan for Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, though only ten comments have been received. The official comment period closes at theend of August, but according to the Columbia Tribune, MDC will continue to accept comments until the plan is finalized in several months.

As Eagle Bluffs is one of the premier regional birding spots, Audubon members should consider reading the document and making their views known regarding birding access. For example, see the MDC response on page 20 to a public request to allow more access for birders during fall waterfowl hunting season:

“There is a balancing act between hunter and birder satisfaction. The hunting season is less than 100 days; whereas birding can take place any day of the year.” Many birders would argue that birding is not the same year-round, and that fall waterfowl hunting season by definition overlaps with the migration season in which many interesting birds are only temporarily present. You can read the document and submit comments at

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The Chat — May 2017 (731KB PDF)

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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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