The Columbia Audubon Society’s mission

is to preserve the natural world and its ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife.

CAS News & Notes, October 2017

Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary - Joanna Reuter

FROM THE PRESIDENT: WORKING TO INCREASE MEMBER INVOLVEMENT We had a great turnout on September 17 for our bird walk and discussion session at which we asked members for suggestions on making Columbia Audubon more useful for them. Several people were relatively new to birding and were hesitant to come to meetings and field trips.

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Backyard Birding: Goldfinches & Cup Plants

Goldfinch in cup plant - Sue Chaplin (used with permission)

Goldfinches descended on our cup plants this year, and for good reason. A Missouri native plant, Silphium perfoliatum looks roughly like a sunflower but with a twist: its paired leaves wrap around the thick, square-ish stalk to form twin basins that collect and hold moisture from dew or rainfall (hence the species name). This distinct

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Photos from the September meeting & bird walk

CANS September 2017 - Joanna Reuter

The September meeting featured lovely weather and good attendance for a walk through the prairie restoration area at CANS, where the increased biodiversity supported interesting insect and bird life for us to enjoy.

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