Bonnie the Biologist


BonnieBonnie the Biologist is one of the true gems of Burroughs Audubon’s Nature Center and Library. Her programs are fun and full of energy! Everyone of all ages are welcome and free to come and go during the time allotted. Programs are free and include free literature, and more!


Programs take place at our Nature Center and Bird Sanctuary unless otherwise stated.





JUNE 2023

* Thursday, June 15 – “Missouri Amphibians” We’ve all heard them singing in the spring, and many of us remember the fun of trying to catch them as children, but how much do you know about Missouri Amphibians? Join Missouri Master Naturalist, Jim Hinds, as he talks about the wide variety of these wonderful creatures, some of their unique habits and an amazing success story in amphibian conservation in Missouri! We will gather at the Burroughs Audubon Library at 10:00 a.m. See you then!
* Thursday, June 29 – “Do We Really Need Those Pesky Insects?” Insects, plants, humans. How do we interact with one another? How important are insects and plants to us, really? How can we make a difference by inviting those pesky insects into our yards? Join Missouri Master Naturalist, Donna Teachman, as she talks about the pesky insects that live around us and what tips we can use to help their populations. The talk is based on information from Doug Tallamy’s books and online webinars.


SEPT 2023

* Thursday, Sept 7 – “Backyard Birds” Join Missouri Master Naturalist, Lee Ann Googe, as she discusses how to identify common backyard birds and their habits. She will also talk about different types of food for different birds, as well as how to make your yard more bird friendly. Lee Ann will also cover how to select and use birding binoculars. We’ll gather at the Burroughs Audubon Library at 10:00 a.m. See you then!
* Friday, Sept 15 – Story Time for Young Birders – “Mel Fell” 10:00 a.m. – Noon. BAS is hosting a special story time for young bird lovers (ages 3-7, but children of all ages welcome) as part of an outreach project of Mid-Continent Public Library. Barbara Horsey, Early Literacy Specialist from the Blue Springs South Branch, will read “Mel Fell”, a humorous story of a fledgling’s first flight. The story will be followed by crafts designed to teach children about different types of bird beaks and bird diets. Guests may also participate in a short scavenger hunt, or watch birds at our feeders. Please dress for the outdoors as the program will be held on the lawn in front of the nature center. Water and snacks will be provided; lawn chairs are helpful, but not required. SPACE IS LIMITED–Please register via call or text to 816-795-8177 by September 14. Provide a total number for your party (adults and children) and a contact number for confirmation. Come join the fun!
* Saturday, Sept 23 AND Thursday, Sept 28 – “Missouri’s Freshwater Invertebrates” Many of us grew up catching “crawdads” in the creek, but do you know what else lives in freshwater besides fish, frogs, and turtles? Dive deep with Missouri Master Naturalist Jim Hinds as he talks about the wide variety of spineless creatures, some of their unique habits and what they can tell us about the health of our aquatic ecosystems in Missouri. We’ll gather at the Burroughs Audubon Library in Fleming Park at 10 a.m.


OCT 2023

* Thursday, Oct 19 – “Milkweed – Its History and Importance” Do you know about the history of milkweed in our culture? Milkweed has been used for medicinal purposes, as culinary cuisine, and it has even saved many soldiers lives! Join Missouri Master Naturalist, Donna Teachman, and learn about the history of this interesting plant and the different species you can plant in your own yard. Meet at the Burroughs Audubon Library at 10:00 a.m. See you then!




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