General Meetings



On the third Tuesday of each month in spring and fall (unless otherwise noted)*, we invite members and non-members alike to enjoy a free educational program and learn what is new in your Audubon chapter! Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m.; come early for social time from 6:00 – 6:45. A short business meeting precedes the program and includes conservation news, discussion of recent bird sightings, and details of upcoming field trips and other events. Burroughs Audubon Society meets at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center at 4801 Rockhill Rd, KCMO 64110 EXCEPT AS NOTED. Some meetings are held in other locations due to scheduling conflicts at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.

There are often opportunities to join the speaker and members of the BAS Host Committee for dinner prior to the meeting. Please subscribe to the chapter’s monthly email (BurroughsAnnounce) to receive details of these outings.

Burroughs Audubon Society’s spring General Meetings are held in March, April and May. Fall General Meetings are held in September, October and November.


Impacts of Light Pollution on Insects, Birds and Wildlife


Tuesday, Mar 21 on ZOOM – 6:30 p.m. Presentation by DeAnn Gregory. In 2017, the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to scientists who isolated the genes which control circadian rhythm (the internal clock) in all living things. This discovery, combined with other advances in science, has led to a greater understanding of the impacts of artificial light at night (ALAN). This presentation provides an overview of these impacts on insects, birds and other wildlife. A recording of this meeting will be available until April 20.

Here are a few links that DeAnn wanted to share with viewers:

Artificial Light at Night: State of the Science 2022 Report

Human and Environmental Effects of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Community Lighting. The report explains glare on pages 2-3.


Reduce Avian Window Collisions: You Have the Power


Tuesday, Apr 18 in the Troost Room of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center – Doors open at 6:00 PM — Business Meeting and Program at 6:45 PM. Presentation by Theresa Enderle from Missouri River Bird Observatory. Nothing is more distressing than finding a dead bird near your house, another victim of a window strike. But you have the (super)power to help save birds’ lives! Why do birds fly into windows? How big a problem is it? What simple steps can we take to help prevent bird collisions with glass? What is BirdSafeKC, and what do they do? We will answer all these questions, and more.

Please join us for our first in-person BAS General Meeting since 2019! Enjoy light refreshments, reunite with your “birding buddies” and meet new friends, enter to win door prizes—including window treatment products, shade-grown coffee, a Scott Weidensaul owl guide, and more!


Kansas Flyways – Our Current and Future Understanding of Bird Movements


Tuesday, May 23 on ZOOM – 6:30 p.m. Presentation by Alice Boyle, Associate Professor of Biology at Kansas State University. Dr. Boyle will explain why Kansas is such an interesting place to study bird movement – movements that affect practically everything about their ecology and conservation. She will highlight several new discoveries that her lab and students have made in recent years. She will also tell us about an exciting new initiative already transforming the study of migration. She hopes to gain support for “automated telemetry” a way for passing birds to basically send us a text or email and will explain how this could dramatically improve our understanding of how they use our grasslands!

A recording of this meeting will be available until June 22.