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: Jim Gast*
Vice-President: Nancy Bedan*
Secretary: Doug Miller*
Treasurer: Eric Seaman*
Past President: John Besser*

Other directors:

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

Standing Committees and Chairs


Chair: Shelby Thomas*


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


Co-chairs: Lottie Bushmann* and Lisa Schenker*


Chair: Dee Dokken*

Field Trips

Co-chairs: John Besser* and Eric Wood*

Nature Areas

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


Chair: Vacant

Bird Counts

Co-chairs: Lottie Bushmann and Allison Vaughn

*Has voting rights on the Board.

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

Updated September 19, 2021.


Revised November 7, 2021. Click here to download as printable PDF.