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.
*Burroughs Audubon does not hold general meetings in April, June, July, and August.
A Decade of Photographing Missouri Wildlife
Tuesday, January 17 at 6:45 p.m. in the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Lewis & Clark room. Freelance photographer, Danny Brown, specializes in capturing images of Missouri wildlife. In his 25 years as a biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, he contributed over 50 stories about his photographic adventures to MDC’s acclaimed magazine, Missouri Conservationist. In addition to photos on the cover of Birdwatching, Birds and Blooms, Missouri Conservationist, Xplor, and the Missouri Natural Events Calendar, Danny’s images have also appeared in several books, including three National Geographic bird guides. Danny is also a perennial contributor to the Ducks Unlimited Calendar. Come enjoy Danny’s beautiful photography and subject knowledge, and watch for his feature story in the March, 2017 edition of Missouri Conservationist, “Birding in St. Louis’ Tower Grove Park”!
Bottomland Forests and Shirling Sanctuary in Swope Park
Tuesday, February 21 at 6:45 p.m. in the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Lewis & Clark room. Bottomland forest is a unique habitat for many plant and animal species. Join us and Kansas City WildLands Program Manager, Linda Lehrbaum, as she delves into the flora and fauna inhabiting this ecosystem along the Blue River. Shirling Sanctuary is a special bottomland area of the Kansas City Zoo, dedicated by Burroughs Nature Club in 1954 to local naturalist and Kansas City Teacher’s College professor, Albert E. Shirling. Professor Shirling conducted a comprehensive survey of nesting birds in Swope Park and published “Birds of Swope Park” in 1920. The area is still home to mature trees and a stunning display of spring ephemeral wildflowers. Members of Burroughs, along with Kansas City WildLands, have recently begun restoration efforts in Shirling Sanctuary to remove invasive plant species in an effort to preserve its historical significance and beauty.
Whooping Cranes in Texas
Tuesday, March 21 at 6:45 p.m. in the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Lewis & Clark room. EarthWatch Institute offers world-wide, working expeditions to volunteers who pay their own way to participate in active research projects as ‘citizen scientists’. Long-time Burroughs member, Dick Dawson, will present his experiences helping scientists studying endangered Whooping Cranes at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on Texas’ Gulf Coast. Researchers there are working to preserve and expand wintering habitat, so that the crane population continues to thrive and grow. Volunteers help scientists monitor the cranes by collecting water, soil, and plant samples and by surveying the bird’s favorite food resources in the coastal wetlands.
Saturday, April 8. We’re excited to announce that naturalist, author and birder, Scott Weidensaul is confirmed as our guest speaker! Scott will talk about Project SNOWstorm, a Snowy Owl research project that he co-founded with Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist David F. Brinker. Registration details and more information here.
Vote With Your Fork: Help Save Missouri’s Birds By What You Eat
Tuesday, May 2 at 6:45 p.m. in the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Lewis & Clark room. Come hear Dana Ripper, Director of Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO), explain how large-scale industrial agriculture is the biggest threat to our birds and other wildlife. Dana will discuss the landscape, habitat, and physiological impacts of agriculture on birds and other organisms, and how your food choices can contribute significantly to bird conservation. We will explore such issues as habitat loss, ecotoxicity, and climate change with simple suggestions for how individuals can make a difference!
Please note that the May program will be preceded by our annual election of officers and board members for the coming year.