Burroughs Audubon Announces...

Birdathon 2015Between April 15 and May 22, consider participating in Burroughs Audubon’s Birdathon 2015. A Birdathon is like a walkathon or a telethon, but the goal is to raise donations for Burroughs’ Youth Initiative by counting birds — as many species as possible in a 24-hour period. Birdathon is the one fundraiser where you raise donations by doing what you love. Collect pledges, and bird to your heart’s content. Bird with friends. Bird the places that move you. Get lost in the fun!There are different levels of participation in Birdathon. Some teams may bird up to 24 hours, while others may make it a casual and social activity by birding only a few. Birdathon teams can even be made up of beginners or children. Both can attend a Burroughs field trip and add the birds that they see to their Birdathon list. Click here for a pleadge sheet and here for rules and info. For more information, contact Sara Scheil at 0048 or Christine Kline at 816-540-3515 and 0042.
Bringing Healthy Habitats HomeA healthy yard is not really a “yard” at all. It’s a habitat, a sanctuary for wildlife and for you and your family. A healthy habitat provides a natural haven for birds, wildlife, and people, and is an extension of your home and part of a larger ecoregion.Learn how to be a responsible caretaker of your piece of the earth by creating a healthy yard that helps resident and migratory birds and wildlife. Through the use of native plants and grasses, you can create a sanctuary that’s beneficial to birds and wildlife while reducing the level of maintenance that “sterile” lawns require. You can even participate in Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s YardMap citizen science project that will help you map your yard, keep track of the birds attracted to your improvements and interact with others who share your interest in creating healthy habitat for birds and wildlife!
Congress passed the RESTORE Act in the recent Transportation Bill – a provision to dedicate 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster to Gulf Coast restoration. Penalty amounts could range between $5 and $21 billion dollars. Read the statement released by Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold on June 29, 2012. Also, see the report Strategy for Restoring the Gulf of Mexico – Recommendations to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force.

We are announcing a new project: An HONOR GARDEN at the BAS Library. Donations made will be used for expanding the native plant gardens, landscaping, beautifying our new water garden, and ongoing maintenance. Donations will honor loved ones and friends, especially our Burroughs members, past and present, with donors and recipients permanently recognized at the BAS Library and Nature Center in Fleming Park. Click here for a donation form, then print and send to: Mike Stoakes, 7300 SW West Park Rd., Blue Springs, MO 64015. The recipient or their family will be notified of your donation. Thank you for your support!

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils. Why is Soil Important? Soil provides ecosystem services critical for life:soil acts as a water filter and a growing medium; provides habitat for billions of organisms, contributing to biodiversity; and supplies most of the antibiotics used to fight diseases. Humans use soil as a holding facility for solid waste, filter for wastewater, and foundation for our cities and towns. Finally, soil is the basis of our nation’s agroecosystems which provide us with feed, fiber, food and fuel. source: Soil Science Society of America
General Meetings:
Burroughs meets on the first TUESDAY of each month, January through June at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City, MO and September through November at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Public Library in Merriam, KS. Please see the general meetings page for more details! Come for coffee and cookies around 6:15 p.m. ~ business and program begins at 6:45. Guests are always welcome!

Stay Connected!
Keep informed about our latest field trips, events and activities, as well as birding-related news, by subscribing to our group email list, BurroughsAnnounce (B-A). B-A is now delivered to your email inbox through MailChimp, but click here to enroll. Leave the subject line and body of the email blank.


Wingbeat Online:
Wingbeat Winter 2013 — Find current and past issues on the newsletter page of this website. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader installed, click on the icon (Get Adobe Reader) below…it’s a very popular and commonly used plugin for your web browser, and it’s FREE!