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.

Elected Board


President: John Besser*
Vice-President: Bill Mees*
Secretary: Nancy Bedan*
Treasurer: Eric Seaman*
Past President: Laura Hillman*

Other directors:

Third-year member: Eric Wood*
Second-year member: Greg Leonard*
First-year member: Jean Neely*

Standing Committees and Chairs


Chair: Doug Miller*


Chair: Allison Vaughn*
News Editor: Joanna Reuter
Web Editor: Doug Miller*
Social Media: Kevin Wehner


Co-chairs: Lottie Bushmann* and Lisa Schenker*



Field Trips

Chair: Eric Reuter*

Nature Areas

Chair: John Besser*
Wild Haven Nature Area: John Besser*
Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary: Bill Mees*
Albert Children’s Wildlife Area: Vacant


Chair: Lori Hagglund

Bird Counts

Co-chairs: Laura Hillman* and Allison Vaughn*

Other Contacts
Scouting/Service Projects: Bill Mees*
MoBCI Representative: Bill Mees*

*Has voting rights on the Board.


Updated April 2004. Click here to download as printable PDF.


Revised September 21, 2015. Click here to download as printable PDF.