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.

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Monday, Feb 13, 2017

Annual Great Backyard Bird Feeder Crawl

The 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place Friday, February 17th through Monday, February 20th.  GBBC is an annual four-day citizen science event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

Columbia Audubon Society will be leading a crawl in our area on Saturday, February 18th. This Feeder Crawl will start at Songbird Station at 8 a.m. From there we'll 'crawl' to various backyard bird feeders in and around the Columbia area and count birds for at least 15 minutes at each backyard, then submit each checklist to eBird.  The trip will last about 2 hours and return to Songbird Station for coffee and donuts. Afterwards anyone who wishes may join in birding the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary.

For more information on the GBBC, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.


Friday, Sep 9, 2016

Banding with Nature 2016

Help us introduce over 1,100 schoolchildren to birding and the outdoors at the annual Band With Nature event. This year’s event will run for three days, from Tuesday October 11 through Thursday October 13, at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary. We are hoping to have every Columbia public school participate! Volunteers are needed and can serve half day or all day, on any day. Morning sessions are 9:00 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions are noon to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for anyone who volunteers all day. Volunteers are encouraged to attend the activity stations as their interest dictates. To sign up or learn more, please get in touch with Bill Mees at jandbmees@mchsi.com or 573-445-7781.


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 http://ow.ly/FWP9303JCVQ.


Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016

The Missouri Honeysuckle Project

Something EXCITING is happening here in Missouri: Mike Szydlowski, the new President of Science Teachers of Missouri, is organizing an effort to remove 1,000,000 honeysuckle in Missouri.

One of the topics of the school science curriculum is how invasive species can have a negative impact on nature and native species and habitats.  Mike's idea is to get students, their families, schools and public involved in a hands on project that will demonstrate the damage invasives can do and to actually do something to begin to remedy the problem.

Here in Columbia, this Honeysuckle Removal Project began early in March at Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary, the immediate neighbor of Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary where Audubon has already removed all the honeysuckle from its property.  Please consider joining friends and neighbors to get this project off to an exciting start.

To learn more about this project check out:   mohoneysuckleproject.com

By the way, you are encouraged to remove Honeysuckle on your own property.  You can then log your removal count on the website.


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