Some quick links to help you find birds and become better birders:
The Missouri LISTSERV provides up-to-the-minute information from birders throughout Missouri, and offers one the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation about birds and birding in Missouri.
The Kansas LISTSERV provides up-to-the-minute information from birders throughout Kansas and offers one the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation about birds and birding in Kansas. KSBIRD-L login site here (account required – needed for commenting/posting observations).
eBird Every birdwatcher has unique knowledge and experience. eBird’s goal is to gather this information in the form of checklists, archive it, and freely share it to power conservation and education while helping you find where others are seeing birds.
The Great Missouri Birding Trail is designed to introduce new and seasoned birders to Missouri’s diverse habitats and the 320-plus species of birds that visit Missouri annually.
Time Table For Birds of Kansas City An historical document from Burroughs Nature Club. c. 1959
Plant Native! Eat Local! Conserve birds and wildlife!
Deep Roots KC, formerly Kansas City Native Plant Initiative, is a 501(c)(3), whose 50+ multi-sector partners share a vision of beautiful, native landscapes connecting heartland communities where nature and people thrive together. Their mission is to increase community knowledge of the importance of preserving and expanding native landscapes for generations to come.
Replace your invasive and non-native plants. Order seeds or plants from Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, and have them shipped to your home or pick them up at one of the Kansas City area’s many native plant sales!
Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native site has information about Missouri’s native plants and how to use them to create ecologically-friendly garden landscapes that benefit birds and insect pollinators.
At Colonial Gardens, we sell flowers, trees and food. We teach, plant and celebrate all things outdoors. But beyond that, we create experiences where people find solutions, inspiration and connections. We are honored to partner with businesses and organizations in our community that further strengthen our connection to nature. By doing so, we can build a better future for ourselves and our planet.
The Resilient Activist is a diverse group of nature-loving souls aiming to live in a way that nurtures our own well-being in alignment with the well-being of our planet and to uplift others who are working towards these same goals. They’re guided by principles of kindness, compassion, communication, diversity, deep understanding, transparency, and ongoing education about the grief and angst that activists experience over the pressing issues surrounding Earth’s environmental and social justice needs.
Audubon Conservation Ranching Initiative To combat the negative effects of grassland degradation, and to keep grass on the landscape, Audubon has developed this market-based conservation approach offering incentives for good grassland stewardship through a certification label on beef products. For the first time, consumers can contribute to grassland conservation efforts by selectively purchasing beef from Audubon-certified farms and ranches.
BirdSafeKC is a collaborative project between the Missouri River Bird Observatory, Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City and the sustainability coordinator at Johnson County Community College. Our aim is to reduce bird collisions with windows throughout the KC metro area. We survey buildings to determine the most collision-prone windows and work with building owners and managers to implement cost-effective solutions.
Lights Out Heartland is spearheaded by the Missouri Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). A partnership between the IDA and the National Audubon Society, it is one of many “Lights Out” initiatives throughout the US.
Some quick links to our partners for whom we are grateful:
Jackson County Parks and Recreation provides Burroughs Audubon with its Nature Center & Library. Being able to provide outreach, free programs, and a natural history library to the KC area would not be possible without its support. We are grateful.
Burroughs Audubon is the Greater Kansas City chapter of the National Audubon Society. National Audubon works tirelessly in support of bird and wildlife conservation, both here in Missouri and across the nation. Please add your voice of support by signing up to receive Action Alerts from the Audubon Action Center.
The Missouri Master Naturalist™ program is a community-based natural resource education and volunteer service program for adults, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension. Burroughs Audubon is grateful to the Osage Trails Chapter in Kansas City and the Loess Hills Chapter in St. Joseph for all their volunteer hours. If you have a love for nature and the drive to conserve it, we encourage you to join the program.
Kansas City WildLands is a coalition of resource professionals, private conservation organizations and conservation minded citizens established to restore and manage the remnants of Kansas City’s original landscape.
Missouri State Parks has partnered with Burroughs Audubon since 2008 for the Iatan/Weston River Corridor IBA and Wings Over Weston. Burroughs Audubon is grateful to their staff for all the support they provide.
The Missouri Department of Conservation protects and manages Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife resources. They also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature. MDC has partnered with Burroughs Audubon since since 2008 for the Iatan/Weston River Corridor IBA and Wings Over Weston. We are grateful to their staff for all the support they provide.
Founded in 2012, Heartland Conservation Alliance (HCA) is an alliance of conservation groups and entities intentionally collaborating toward common goals to care deeply for the beautiful places in the KC metro area. As an urban land trust, HCA convenes interested stakeholders, pools resources, and protects natural areas for the enjoyment and benefit of all.
The City of Weston has been one of the top supporters of Wings Over Weston since it began in 2010. Thank you to the mayor, aldermen, and especially Kim Kirby who has been our voice. We appreciate you.
Platte County Parks and Recreation has partnered with Burroughs Audubon in many endeavors and a future partnership is in the works. Burroughs Audubon is looking forward to having a presence in the northland.
Backyard Bird Center on NW Barry Road is the Northland’s largest selection of feeders, seed mixes, and birding supplies. More importantly, they are the biggest retail supporter of Burroughs Audubon and we are grateful. Please shop them and tell them Burroughs Audubon sent you!
The Wildlife Society at Missouri Western State University has provided Volunteer hours at Wings Over Weston and at several fundraising events. Its students work hard to conduct outreach as they earn experience towards their wildlife conservation degrees.
Missouri River Bird Observatory Each year, MRBO conducts avian population monitoring and applied research on almost 100,000 acres of Missouri’s most imperiled habitats – prairies, wetlands and forests. The resulting data are communicated to land managers, owners and the public so that we all further understand specific effects of stewardship on birds. Education and outreach is an integral component of MRBO’s work and takes place in both formal and informal settings.
Platte Land Trust protects land and open space cherished by people and communities for the benefit of future generations. Platte Land Trust’s most recent partnership collaboration was for Snowball Hill in Cass County, Harrisonville, Missouri.
No one has the pulse of our legislators and conservation issues like Conservation Federation of Missouri. Because it ensures conservation of Missouri’s wildlife and natural resources, and preservation of Missouri’s rich outdoor heritage through advocacy, education, and partnerships. Burroughs Audubon is proud to be an affiliate member.
The American Bird Conservancy is where 20 years of bold action, focus on results, and partnership are bringing back the birds across the Western Hemisphere. The American Bird Conservancy was invaluable in Burroughs’ lobbying efforts to oppose the Mill Creek Wind Farm in Holt County, Missouri.
Burroughs Audubon adopted Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (pronounced ‘luss’) many years ago. It was also members of Burroughs Audubon who created and formed Friends of Loess Bluffs. Today, Burroughs Audubon supports Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge through volunteer hours, serving on its Friends board, and paying for internships.
Audubon of Kansas is an independent grassroots nonprofit organization that promotes appreciation and stewardship of natural ecosystems in Kansas and the central Great Plains, with special emphasis on conservation of prairies, birds, other wildlife, and their habitat. Though it works in partnership with local Audubon chapters and many other organizations, it is neither funded nor administered by the National Audubon Society.