General Meetings



On the first Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise noted), we invite members and non-members, alike, to enjoy a free program with refreshments and socializing starting at 6:15 PM. Meeting and program at 6:45 PM. Committee members will also share special announcements, bird sightings and upcoming field trips at the beginning of the meeting. Burroughs Audubon Society meets at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center at 4750 Troost Ave, KCMO 64110 EXCEPT AS NOTED. Some programs will meet in other locations due to scheduling conflicts at the Discovery Center.

*Burroughs Audubon does not hold general meetings in April, June, July, and August.   


Northern Saw-whet Owls in Missouri


Tuesday, January 16 at 6:45 p.m. in the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Lewis & Clark room. Our friends from Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) will share results of their seven years of banding the previously enigmatic, and continually adorable, Northern Saw-whet Owl. Between the many locations around the state where MRBO has netted Saw-whets since 2010, the number of birds banded is now 213! Join Ethan Duke and Dana Ripper for a presentation of their findings, as well as photos/video of these criminally cute creatures.


Sage Grouse, Icon of the West


Cancelled due to weather. Tuesday, February 20 at 6:45 p.m. at Independence Park & Rec’s Truman Memorial Building, Presidential Hall C. Award-winning nature and conservation photographer, Noppadol Paothong, will introduce many of us to a spectacular bird native to the vast ‘Sagebrush Sea’ of the Intermountain West. The sage-grouse’s elaborate courtship dance is one of the most flamboyant mating displays in nature. Nop will have copies of his new book for sale which he’ll happily sign for you. The Truman Memorial Building is located at 416 W. Maple Ave., Indep., MO 64050, and the entrance is on Pleasant Street (west side of building).


A Focus on Turkey Vultures


Tuesday, March 20 at 6:45 p.m. in the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Nature’s Bounty classroom. Join Audubon member, Dianne Van Dien, for a look at this commonly seen in warmer months bird of prey. When Dianne decided to study the Turkey Vulture for her Masters project, little did she know it would turn into an ongoing study extending far beyond her degree. Dianne will share personal observations, as well as present some of the latest research on Turkey Vultures; focusing on their flight style, migration patterns, roosting behavior, and how this data ties in with current conservation concerns.