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.

 

Exploration Uganda: The Adventures of Two Missouri Master Naturalists

 

Tuesday, September 17 at the DERAMUS AUDITORIUM (FORMER IMAX THEATER), 6800 Zoo Dr. KCMO 64132 – Social time from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Business and announcements will precede the meeting. Bill Blackledge and Cliff Amos of the Loess Hills Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists will share stunning nature photographs and even better stories from their 2018 trip to Uganda. The purpose of their trip was not only to observe Uganda’s resident birds and wildlife, but to participate in ongoing citizen science projects that document and monitor the populations of many species. Their presentation highlights the incredible biodiversity of Uganda, especially the birds and primates. The country is home to over 1000 species of birds and the endangered Mountain Gorilla. Don’t miss this wonderful program in a LARGE screen format!

 

Helping Kestrels in Kansas City

 

Tuesday, October 15 at the THE KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION CONFERENCE CENTER, 4801 Rockhill Rd. KCMO 64110, in the Brookside Room – Social time from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Business and announcements will precede the meeting. Come learn about our beloved sassy “mini dynamo”, the American Kestrel, from Lakeside Nature Center staff member and wildlife rehabilitation specialist, Ruth Stephens. This colorful, feisty little falcon helps humans in a big way, disposing of rodents and insects as it hovers over our fields. But kestrel populations have been mysteriously declining in recent years. Find out how YOU can help the American Kestrel Partnership gather data needed to solve the mystery and aid the recovery of this important bird of prey! You will also have a chance to win a FREE Kestrel nest box of your own!

 

Christmas Bird Counts: Why Do We Do Them, How Did We Get Here, and How Do We Do Them Better?

 

Tuesday, November 19 at the THE KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION CONFERENCE CENTER, 4801 Rockhill Rd. KCMO 64110, in the Brush Creek Room – Social time from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Business and announcements will precede the meeting. Chuck Otte with Kansas State University and the Kansas Ornithological Society will discuss some of the history and findings of the 120 year-old Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Chuck will also describe many of the common challenges and problems encountered during CBCs, and birding in general, and offer some tips for becoming a better birder.