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

Upcoming Meetings

Previous Meetings

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

John Burk
Turkey Federation
“Turkey Federation”

The Turkey Federation's activities and on-the-ground restoration efforts.

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017

Brad and Suzanne Wright
Mussel Fork Legacy March, LLC
“Life of a Wetland Reserve Program project: 60 days of duck hunting, 305 days of birding”

Buying and managing land for recreational benefits.

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

Lori McCurdy
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
“The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture”

Lori will talk about the programs CCUA runs with Columbia Public Schools, as well as her outdoor classroom program.

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016

Julianna Jenkins
“From Nest to Migration: Fledgling Songbird Behavior and Survival”

The post-fledging period is critical for juvenile migrant songbirds, but largely remains a mystery. Once out of the nest, fledglings need to gain the skills to survive on their own, but it is during this time that the majority of mortalities occurs. If dangers and habitat requirements shift significantly between nesting and post-fledging, conservation plans may not be supporting species' needs throughout the season. Jenkins monitored nests and used radio telemetry to observe fledglings from 2012-2015.

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016

Susan Flader
Professor Emerita, University of Missouri
“Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites: Challenges for our Time”

Susan will be discussing the new book on the system, Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites: Exploring Our Legacy, of which she is editor and co-author, in the context of challenges facing the state park system in recent decades and in its centennial year.

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016

Whitney Adams and Ann Kome
“Hog Island Audubon Camp”

Our two speakers for this meeting are teachers in the Columbia Public School district. This July, both attended Educator Week at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine with financial support from CAS. They will talk about what they learned on Hog Island, how it affected them as teachers, and how they plan to use it in their classrooms. It should be a great night!

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016

Mark Glenshaw
“Great Horned Owls in Forest Park”

Mark Glenshaw is an award-winning naturalist who has closely observed and documented Great Horned Owls in Forest Park since December 2005. Mark's talk will cover how he found these owls, basic facts about the species and the different behaviors he sees with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors.

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016

Mary Nemecek
Burroughs Audubon Society

Neonicotinoids have become a widely used class of pesticides with increasing scrutiny on the impact they might have with honey bees. But what about birds and people? How do they compare with the pesticides that came before? How do they interact with the environment today and what implications are there in the future?

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016

John Faaborg
University of Missouri
“Climate Change and Birds”

University of Missouri Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences studying Avian ecology, behavior, and conservation. John will speak to climate change's effect on birds, and his own research.

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016

Mike Szydlowski
Columbia Public Schools Science Coordinator
“Science in Columbia Public Schools”

Our Audubon chapter is a Partner with the CPS Science Dept. Come hear how Mike leads this department and inspires teachers to teach science.

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015

Sarah Kendrick
Missouri Department of Conservation
“Eastern Pewee research, and the Great Missouri Birding Trail”

Come hear Sarah Kendrick, Wildlife Programs Supervisor at the Missouri Department of Conservation, speak about her Master’s research on the breeding demography of the Eastern Wood-Pewee across a gradient of savanna, woodland, and forest in the Missouri Ozarks. Sarah will also cover her more recent work at the Department partnering with Missouri Bird Conservation Foundation to build the Great Missouri Birding Trail. Come and see how Audubon Societies around the state are integral to this effort now and in

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015

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.

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015

Bill Clark
Past CAS President
“History of Columbia Audubon Society”

Join us to hear this longtime member of CAS as he talks about the history of our chapter, and discusses his goal to bird all the state CACHE and SPARKS sites. It is sure to be an entertaining and informative evening.

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

“Board Meeting”


Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015

Andrew Kinslow
Educator and Asst. Director for the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems
“Our Neotropical Connection”

Missouri's shared connection to tropical migratory birds, their migratory challenges, and conservation will be the focus of the presentation.

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015

Chris Newbold
Missouri Dept of Conservation
“Prairie Restoration and Seed Collection”

Chris will talk with us about his work on prairie restoration and seed collection. This will relate to the work that our Audubon group will be completing at Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary. Join us to find out ways of participating in our prairie restoration.

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015

Clayton Light
MDC Wildlife Biologist
“Eagle Bluffs”

Clayton is the new area manager of the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, a favorite spot for area birders. He'll introduce himself and let us know what's happening at Eagle Bluffs.

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015

Frank Thompson
USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
“The Ecology of Songbirds during the Post-Fledging Period”

The period of time directly after young birds leave the nest and before they disperse or migrate is an understudied life stage for songbirds. Dr. Frank Thompson and colleagues recently published a review on survival of birds during the post-fledging period to synthesize current knowledge on factors affecting survival.

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014

Dylan Kesler
Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Univ. of Missouri
“Avian Movements in a Changing World”

Recent developments in study methods and tracking technologies have brought about great advances in our understandings of movement and population connectivity in mobile animals. This talk will review recent studies into the factors that affect how, where, and when birds move.

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014

Allison Vaughn
MoDNR Natural Resources Steward for the Ozarks
“The Missouri Glade Mapping Project and its Implications for Birds”

Allison will speak about her work with the Missouri Glade Inventory and how the status of Missouri's glades is related to the conservation of Missouri's birds.

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

John Nies
Columbia Public Schools educator
“Audubon Hog Island Camp”

Come join us and hear about John's trip to Hog Island and the Audubon camp there. John was our scholarship recipient. He plans to talk about his experience at camp, how it will affect his teaching this year and the work he is already doing with students in his 5th grade classroom at Grant School.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

“CAS Spring Potluck”

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

Allison Vaughn
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
“Ecosystem Restoration and Natural History of the CAS Wild Haven Nature Area”

Ecosystem Restoration and Natural History of the CAS Wild Haven Nature Area

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014

Becky Erickson
“The Connection between Native Plants and Birds”

Becky will talk about the connection with birds, native plants, migration and how it all works together and are all necessary pieces of the ecological puzzle.

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014

Gene Gardner
MoBCI Chair
“Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative (MoBCI)”

Gene will share with us about MOBCI and their award winning partnerships.

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014

Susan Hazelwood
“Beyond Feathers and Song: Impressionistic Birding”

How can a birder ID a bird while driving at 70 mph down the interstate? A summary of how birders acquire their skills will be analyzed. The process of how to increase your observational mind-set will be discussed.

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013

Kim DeVorss and Reed Gerdes
Columbia Public Schools
“CAS Scholarship Recipients”

Kim DeVorss, “teacher scholarship” recipient to Hog Island and Reed Gerdes, “student scholarship” recipient will share their experiences from camp this summer. Kimberly will talk about how she will use her camp experience with her 1st grade students and Reed will talk about his experience at the American Birding Association Young Birder Camp in Estes Park.

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013

D. Todd Jones
“The Central Hardwood Joint Venture”

Todd will talk about the Central Hardwood Joint Venture and what they do in Missouri as well as the Shortleaf Pine initiative, in addition to hearing more about the American Bird Conservancy (ABC.)

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013

Kevin Wehner
“New birding tools: apps and software”

The world of birding has exploded with many phone apps and on-line birding programs. Kevin, our CAS “Bird Geek,” will fill us in on the latest.

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013

“Special Board Meeting”


Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013

Bill Rowe
Audubon Society of Missouri
“Missouri Bird Records Committee”

The Missouri Bird Records Committee is responsible for maintaining a state checklist of birds and reviewing reports of rare and unusual bird sightings. Bill Rowe, current secretery of the MRBC, will discuss how records committees fit into the history of birding, the MBRC's history and the issues it faces.

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013

Dr. Patricia Hagen
Audubon Missouri
“Missouri River restoration”

Audubon Missouri is working with the Corps of Engineers to advance Missouri River restoration and to help save this great river, and its birds and other wildlife. Dr. Hagen is Executive Director of Audubon Center at Riverlands, where their exciting work includes a citizen science landbird monitoring program and several educational and community outreach programs.

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013

John Cunning
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
“Nature Interpretation and Education”

Director of Resource Management and Interpretation Program for Department of Natural Resources, will talk about the values of interpretation and nature education through various media.

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013

Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke
Missouri River Bird Observatory
“The Missouri River Bird Observatory”

Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke, director and assistant director of Missouri River Bird Observatory will discuss their research and monitoring projects and education and outreach efforts.

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012

Lottie Bushmann, Becky Elder and Lisa Schenker
Columbia Audubon Society
“Hog Island Audubon Camp”

Join local educators Lottie Bushmann, Becky Elder and Lisa Schenker as they recount their experiences at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine. Come hear what they "lived and learned" about nature and the outdoors and how they integrate nature in their curriculum to encourage a lifelong awareness and love of nature to their students.

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012

Noppadol Paothong
Nature Photographer
“Save the Last Dance: A Story of North American Grassland Grouse”

Award-winning nature photographer Noppadol Paothong will present his work on the making of the important new book, "Save the Last Dance: A Story of North American Grassland Grouse".

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012

Mike Szydlowski
K-12 Science Coordinator for Columbia Public Schools
“Next Generation Science in Columbia Public Schools”

Mike Szydlowski is K-12 Science Coordinator for Columbia Public Schools; a a discussion of joint CAS/CPS projects will follow.

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012

“Special Board Meeting”


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

“C.A.S. Annual Picnic”

This year, the CAS spring picnic will return to its traditional home, the picnic shelter at Wild Haven. As always, this will be a pot-luck dinner, with CAS providing soft drinks and place settings (or you can to bring your own.) Dinner will start at 6 PM.

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012

Edge Wade
Audubon Society of Missouri
“Conservation, Bird Observations, and Fun With CACHE/SPARKS”

Many CAS members contribute to the CACHE/SPARKS program of the Audubon Society of Missouri by visiting conservation areas and state parks and entering their finds into the database. Edge Wade will explain how our participation helps fund conservation projects in Missouri, expands our knowledge of Missouri birds for good management decisions, and provides great opportunities and purpose for what we enjoy -- birding.

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012

“Special Board Meeting”


Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012

Mike Leahy
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
“Discovering Missouri's Natural Areas”

Join Mike Leahy for a virtual tour across the state to learn about Missouri's Natural Areas and their associated bird life. Mike will also provide information on Missouri Natural Areas found in mid-Missouri that are good places to learn about Missouri's natural heritage.

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012

Brad Jacobs
Missouri Department of Conservation
“International Bird Conservation”

Brad Jacobs, Missouri Department of Conservation Ornithologist, and author. Please join us for a program on Brad's fascinating bird conservation work in Mexico and Central America. Brad's interest lies in developing linkages between people and organizations in Central America and Mexico with people and organizations in the USA.

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012

Paul Nelson
“Biodiversity in Missouri”

Paul Nelson is the author of "Terrestrial Natural Communities of Missouri", served as the Natural History Department Chief for Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Park Division, for thirty years and is now the forest ecologist for the Mark Twain National Forest. Paul will share important information about the threats to biodiversity in Missouri.

Saturday, Dec 17, 2011

“Christmas Bird Count and Chili Supper”

The annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) takes the place of a regular December meeting. All chapter members are strongly encouraged to participate in CBC on Saturday, December 17, 2011. And remember that after the count is the Chili Supper. Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. immediately followed by a compilation of the day's sightings.

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011

Mel Toellner
Songbird Station owner
“Backyard Conservation”

Please join us for a special program on "backyard conservation" that will be presented by Mel Toellner, owner of Songbird Station in Columbia.

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011

Dr. Dylan Kesler
MU professor and researcher; MU Avian Lab
“The Science of Bird Conservation”

In this presentation he will discuss his work with critically endangered kingfishers from Guam, Pohnpei, and Niau. His research extends from basic natural history investigations to endangered species recovery programs that incorporate among-island translations and the use of assisted colonization to prevent extinction.

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011

Allison Vaughn
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
“The Natural History of the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary”

Allison Vaughn, natural community ecologist, presented The Natural History of the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary.
Download the PowerPoint presentation (32MB)

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011

“Special Board Meeting”


General meetings are scheduled for 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of the month, from September through April.

Unless otherwise noted, our meetings are held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2615 Shepard Blvd., Columbia, Missouri

The December meeting is replaced with the Christmas Bird Count Chili Supper.

The May meeting is a pot-luck picnic at the Wild Haven nature area.

Summer meetings are combined field trips to local birding areas and then a visit to a nearby restaurant for food and fun.

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