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 http://www.mobirds.org/) and the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA – see http://www.meea.org/). 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:
https://mobci.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/2015_yhep_call-for-proposals.pdf (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)
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 • 7pm
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.
Upcoming Field Trips
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.