The Burroughs Audubon Nature Center and Bird Sanctuary is located at 7300 SW West Park Road in Blue Springs, Missouri. Once the Fleming Park ranger’s house, Burroughs has occupied the building since the early 1970s as a partner with Jackson County Parks + Recreation. The building now serves as our headquarters and public outreach space, while housing our extensive natural history library and offering a peaceful place to watch birds and wildlife.
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MISSOURI YOUNG BIRDERS CLUB
Bring binoculars and birding field guides / phone apps; dress for the weather as we’ll hike the trails looking for birds. If the weather is intolerable, we’ll view the large bird feeding area from the building. One mission of the group is to bring together youth with the same interest in birds. Questions: Sara Scheil (816) 356-6986 / MYBCKC@gmail.com
Stay for bird banding at 11:00 a.m. with the staff from the Missouri River Bird Observatory. See wild birds up close, and take advantage of the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
Embrace winter, and count feeder birds for science! Now in its 33rd season, Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. Data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Please feel welcome to join us at your convenience anytime during this twice-monthly, 2-day, feeder count at the Burroughs Audubon Nature Center and Bird Sanctuary! Contact Mike Stoakes at 816-554-1956 for more information about this Citizen Science project.
FeederWatch in November
Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday, Nov. 27 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FeederWatch in December
Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FeederWatch in January 2020
Thursday, Jan. 9 and Friday, Jan. 10 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16 and Friday, Jan. 17 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30 and Friday, Jan. 31 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FeederWatch in February 2020
Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27 and Friday, Feb. 28 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FeederWatch in March 2020
Thursday, Mar. 12 and Friday, Mar. 13 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 26 and Friday, Mar. 27 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FeederWatch in April 2020
Thursday, Apr. 2 and Friday, Apr. 3 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Nature Center Regular Hours
Wednesday through Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
* Special times for Bonnie The Biologist and Bird Banding programs.
* We are a 100% volunteer organization, and there may be times we are unable to open. Before making a special trip, we would love for you to give us a call first at 816-795-8177.
Thank you to Burroughs Audubon member and board member, Frank Varon, click here for a fabulous panoramic view of the Burroughs Audubon Nature Center and Bird Sanctuary.
Natural History Library
We invite all nature lovers, young and old, to spend the day at our library. While our books are not available to check-out, they are available on an unlimited basis, on site, for research, knowledge, and enjoyment. Whether you are a home school or you just want to take in a day of reading, come visit us! Burroughs Audubon has a complete natural history library with more than 2,548 titles – the only natural history collection that is comparable to New York City Audubon! Some of our categories include conservation, gardening, mammals, animal culture, fish, birds, insects, zoology, natural history, decorative arts, description and travel, environment, teaching, and reference.
Bonnie The Biologist
Burroughs Audubon is proud to welcome Bonita “Bonnie” Anderson to its volunteer roster. There’s no mystery why we’re excited to have Bonnie as she works with us to improve our displays and offers special programs! Bonnie comes to us as an Environmental Biologist / First Professional, Management Level Naturalist for the Missouri Department of Conservation in the Kansas City Region’s Fisheries & Forestry Divisions. Her experience prior to this was vast and includes Bird Bander & Salvage for the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Biology Instructor & Science Chair at Wentworth Jr. College, and Biologist/ Consultant for Frechin PC & Birds Botanicals. She has received many awards including the Presidential Award for Conservation, the Governor’s Award for Education, and the AIN Award for Interpretive Naturalist in six states! Bonnie’s programs will be given at the Burroughs Audubon Nature Center and Library in Jackson County’s Fleming Park/Lake Jacomo.
Esther O’Connor Wildflower Prairie
Named in honor of a beloved member and original librarian and caretaker, the Esther O’Connor Wildflower Prairie is a small, but botanically diverse, planting that attempts to recreate a little piece of the tallgrass prairie landscape that once covered large areas of the Kansas City region. The planting was expertly and caringly established decades ago for the benefit of people and wildlife, alike.
On April 17, 2014, Burroughs Audubon Society was honored with the Partner Award from Jackson County Parks + Recreation. Today, we continue to be an asset to Parks + Recreation and to the citizens of Jackson County by offering free programs to everyone, regardless of where one lives in the KC metro area.