-by Jan Mees
What do April 26, 1785 and April 26, 2019 have in common? The former is the birth date of John James Aubudon, while the latter is the date Columbia Audubon Society is celebrating its 60 year anniversary! CAS members Nancy Bedan, Lottie Bushmann, Lori Hagglund, Judy Lincoln, Jan Mees, Doug Miller, Lori Turner, and Allison Vaughn have been working since October on special events to commemorate these important dates. Mark your calendars for any or all of the following events:
CAS members only:
Friday, April 26: 5:30–7:30 p.m. Boone County History and Culture Center, 3801 Ponderosa Street in Columbia. CAS members and spouses and special guests are invited to a gala open house for food, drinks, birds, and a short program to honor the CAS’s past and to enjoy ongoing friendships and future work of our amazing organization.
Saturday, April 27: 8–9:30 a.m. Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary, 3607 Bray Avenue. Special guest Audubon performer and storyteller, Mr. Brian “Fox” Ellis, will lead a “Bird Walk with Audubon”
Two community events (in cooperation with Columbia Public Schools and Columbia Public Library) are also planned featuring Mr. Ellis:
Saturday, April 27: 10:30–11:30 a.m. Fairview Elementary School Media Center, 909 Fairview Road. “Audubon’s Birds”
Saturday, April 27: 2–2:45 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room – “Birds’ Tales”
Prior to the weekend’s events several CAS members will be guests on David Lile’s Columbia Morning talk show on KFRU AM 1400 on Friday, April 19 at 8:30 a.m. to look back at the history of CAS and to discuss the current and future accomplishments of CAS.