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

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016

The Missouri Honeysuckle Project

Something EXCITING is happening here in Missouri: Mike Szydlowski, the new President of Science Teachers of Missouri, is organizing an effort to remove 1,000,000 honeysuckle in Missouri.

One of the topics of the school science curriculum is how invasive species can have a negative impact on nature and native species and habitats.  Mike's idea is to get students, their families, schools and public involved in a hands on project that will demonstrate the damage invasives can do and to actually do something to begin to remedy the problem.

Here in Columbia, this Honeysuckle Removal Project began early in March at Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary, the immediate neighbor of Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary where Audubon has already removed all the honeysuckle from its property.  Please consider joining friends and neighbors to get this project off to an exciting start.

To learn more about this project check out:   mohoneysuckleproject.com

By the way, you are encouraged to remove Honeysuckle on your own property.  You can then log your removal count on the website.


Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016

CAS fundraising results from first CoMoGIVES participation.

CAS had great success in its first year of participation in CoMoGIVES, the web-based fundraising campaign sponsored by the Community Foundation of Central Missouri. We raised $3,855 through 47 separate gifts, which placed CAS 25th of 71 organizations in the total amount of money raised. The gifts ranged from $10 to $1000 and donors included both CAS members and nonmembers. CAS is grateful to Edge Wade for providing signed David Plank bird prints as gifts for donors who contributed a minimum of $50 or $100.

The funds raised from this campaign will be used to continue supporting our community-based activities, such as implementing the “Band with Nature” field trips for 2nd graders, sponsoring older children on Columbia Public School summer trips to the Teton Mountains, and sending teachers to Audubon’s summer nature camp at Hog Island, Maine. The CAS Board of Directors is also exploring funding an educational, entertainment event for local birders. Thank you to all who contributed to CAS through CoMoGIVES. We are proud of our success and looking forward to participating again in December.

— Kris Hagglund, President


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).


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 — April 2016 (484KB PDF)

    Upcoming Field Trips

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

    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    Depart: 7am • Start: 7:30am
    Wild Haven Nature Area & Albert Children’s Wildlife Area

    Saturday, May 28, 2016
    Depart: 7:15am • Start: 8:00am
    Prairie Fork Conservation Area

    Other Events of Interest

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    CAS Spring Picnic
    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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