As most of you know, we are trying to mix up the kinds of monthly programs offered by Columbia Audubon. January’s wonderful research-focused talk by the new State Ornithologist was the first standard lecture format. It was very well attended, as had been expected. In February Eric Reuter will lead a book discussion at the library. I think it will also be very well attended based on the fact that all the copies in the library are signed out as are all of the e-reader books. They gave me about the first fifty pages to read while I waited to get the whole book and it’s quite interesting. The board continues to meet at the church every third Wednesday to plan these programs and make sure that everything necessary to run our organization is done. We would welcome feedback on what we have done so far along with any suggestions. Talk to anyone on the board and follow The Chat or website for programs and field trips. – by Laura Hillman, President
Bill Clark’s weekly Wednesday birding car often has room in his car for people who want to spend a day birding; there’s room for 4 passengers (everyone gets a window seat). If someone is interested, call Bill Clark (573-474-4510) to confirm an open seat. Meet at the Parkade Plaza parking lot near the large sign. The group leaves promptly at 7:30 a.m. and usually returns in the late afternoon. Lunch will be at some small town cafe. The day’s destinations will be determined by the group at the time of departure. All birding data generated during the day is entered into eBird and “shared” on request.
Plan ahead to set aside time for this year’s spring meeting, which will be hosted May 4-6 by the Missouri River Bird Observatory in Arrow Rock. Further information has not yet been posted to the ASM website.
Our February meeting will center around a book discussion of Jennifer Ackerman’s The Genius of Birds, held at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia on Sunday, February 11th. The library offers the book in multiple formats, including the physical book, an ebook, and a downloadable audiobook (or you can support the author directly and buy it). As you read (or listen to) the book, if you think of any particular questions or topics you’d like to ask or discuss as part of the event, please contact Eric Reuter, who will be leading the discussion.
Official meeting minutes will be posted to the website after approval at each subsequent board meeting, meaning they are delayed from immediate publication. Below is an unofficial summary of business discussed on January 17, 2018. Please contact a board member with any questions.
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