The Columbia, Missouri chapter of the Audubon Society — serving Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Howard, Monroe & Randolph Counties

The Columbia Audubon Society was organized in 1958 and serves six mid-Missouri counties: Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Howard, Monroe, and Randolph. Our mission is to preserve the natural world and its ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and the earth's biological diversity through education, environmental study and habitat restoration and protection.

News & Issues

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015

Help support CAS during CoMoGives this December

The Columbia Audubon Society is one of many Columbia-area non-profit organizations participating in CoMoGives, a fundraising campaign operated by the Community Foundation of Central Missouri. We believe preserving and restoring native natural space benefits the well-being and livability of Columbia and the surrounding area.

To Contribute

If you would like to contribute to Columbia Audubon Society as part of this campaign, visit between December 1st – 31st, to contribute online, or use a printed CoMoGives guide to send your contribution by mail.

Thank-you gifts

In appreciation of your support, contributers of $50 or more will receive a selection of bird prints commissioned by John Croll, Sr. of Columbia, in 1973, the year Mr. Plank began his career as a fulltime bird artist.

Contributions of $50 or more: the Patron Series Plate 1, Northern Cardinal and Plate 2, Eastern Bluebird (full color, 21.5" × 17") is offered as a set.

Contributions of $100 or more: in addition to the set of two full-color plate prints above, the first 50 contributors will receive a numbered, limited edition print of 19.5" × 15" pen and ink drawing of either a Bald Eagle or Northern Bobwhite, signed by David Plank.

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015

Scholorships Available for Teacher Summer Workshops in Ecology and Ornithology

The Columbia Audubon Society is accepting applications from mid-Missouri teachers to attend a week long summer ecology or ornithology workshop at the National Audubon Society Camp on Hog Island in Maine. Each award covers tuition, room, and board for an intensive multi-day course of field study and instruction in ornithology, ecology, and conservation. We ask that Scholarship winners be willing to give a short presentation of their Hog Audubon experience to the CAS membership in the fall of 2016. The value of each scholarship is approximately $1000. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the recipient. (Columbia Public Schools applicant may qualify for a travel reimbursement of $300 if he/she offers a fall workshop. In-service credit is also provided for CPS teachers.)

For more information, download the application (500KB PDF).

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

[12/19/2015] Christmas Bird Count and Chili Supper

As in many past years, Columbia Audubon Society members will be out counting birds the Saturday before Christmas. We will have the usual 12 teams out covering their respective areas (see map above). Although there are some yearly changes in leaders, generally the same leader has birded the same area for many years, so they really know what to find where. Teams are generally the same, too, but new participants are always welcome. If you haven’t done it before and want to get on a team the most reliable way is to forget the computer and call Laura Hillmanat 573-397-1010 cell or 573-442-3703 home.

After the count the real fun comes at the Chili Supper where we eat, call out the area results one species at a time, and come up with the grand total of species and birds. Courageous souls serve pots of chili in hot kitchens to provide food for the event. Lori Hagglund is in charge of organizing the dinner which starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church on 1111 S Fairview Rd, Columbia, MO. Please contact Lori at to volunteer to bring chili or other essentials like good desserts.

Monday, Jun 8, 2015

Summer/Fall 2015 Prairie Seed Collecting

If you'd like to help the prairie restoration project at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary, come join us at one of these upcoming seed collection events:

  • June 25 - Thursday evening – Prairie Fork or Auxvasse Glade
  • July 7 – Tuesday evening – Tucker Prairie
  • July 23 – Thursday evening – Tucker Prairie
  • August 11 –Tuesday evening – Prairie Fork
  • August 29 – Saturday – Tucker Prairie
  • Sept. 8 – Tuesday evening –Auxvasse Glade
  • Sept. 26 - Saturday – Diggs Area
  • October 10 – Saturday – Rocky Fork CA
  • October 11 – Sunday– Prairie Fork or Auxvasse Glade
  • E-mail John Besser to receive updates on where to meet and what to bring.

    Friday, May 1, 2015

    CAS Receives $10,000 Donation For Prairie Restoration

    The prairie restoration efforts undertaken by Columbia Audubon Society recently received an magnificent boost through a generous anonymous donation of $10,000 intended to support this project. CAS extends its heartfelt gratitude to this donor for valuing birds, habitat restoration, and conservation. Members have been working for years to coordinate with the City of Columbia, other organizations, and private citizens who share the values of the CAS mission. CAS has worked with these entities to collect native seed from natural areas around the region, prepare the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary for prairie restoration, and to educate the public about the value of CANS. This donation significantly boosts the possibilities for public education & enjoyment of birds while increasing the biodiversity of our area. — Eric Reuter

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    Current CAS Newsletter

    The Chat - Dec. 2015 (1.5 MB PDF)

    Upcoming Field Trips

    Saturday, Jan 9, 2016
    Depart: 8am
    Reform Conservation Area

    Saturday, May 7, 2016
    Depart: 7am
    Prairie Garden Trust with River Bluffs Audubon Society

    Other Events of Interest

    Saturday, Dec 19, 2015• All Day
    Christmas Bird Count and Chili Supper
    Presented by Columbia Audubon Society

    Mid-Missouri Friends of Audubon

    The following businesses have provided significant financial support to the Columbia Audubon Society. Please remember to support them when you need feeders, bird seed, etc., and remember to thank them for their assistance in funding our projects.

  • Songbird Station, 2010 Chapel Plaza Court, Columbia, MO
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