2022 National Migratory Bird Count Results

AREA: COUNT: SPECIES: 1 625 59 2 252 40 3 436 65 4 1074 90 5 0 0 6 3 1 7 1225 88 8 1790 98 9 262 53 10A 2708 133 10B 273 53 10C 0 0 11 1492 92 12 1230 90 13 454 71 ALL 11822 169 Here (below) is the

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Columbia Motus Station detects its first migratory bird — and I helped tag it in Costa Rica

by Sarah Kendrick, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Biologist and Midwest Motus Coordinator The Columbia Motus station has its first Motus tag detection – and it has a great story! In late 2021, a Motus station was purchased by CAS in honor of Brad Jacobs and placed in partnership with the Missouri Department

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Meeting Minutes for September 20, 2019

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING November 20, 2019 President John Besser called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Present: John Besser, Nancy Bedan, Lottie Bushmann, Laura Hillman, Greg Leonard, Bill Mees, Doug Miller, Eric Reuter, Joanna Reuter, Allison Vaughn, Eric Wood, and Jean Neely, newly appointed board member Board Vacancy: John B

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Meeting Minutes for March 16, 2022

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGMarch 16, 2022 Meeting conducted at the Unitarian Universalist Church Present: Jim Gast, Nancy Bedan, Douglas Miller, Eric Seaman, Allison Vaughn, Shelby Thomas, Bill Mees, John Besser, Greg Leonard, Lottie Bushmann, Dee Dokken Time called to order: 6:04pm Previous Minutes Nancy Bedan moves we accept the February 2022 minutes as

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Meeting Minutes for December 15, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGDecember 15, 2021 Meeting conducted Online via Zoom. Present: Jim Gast, Doug Miller, Greg Leonard, Eric Wood, Nancy Bedan, Allison Vaughn, Lottie Bushmann, Shelby Thomas, Bill Mees, Dee Dokken, Jean Neely, John Besser, Eric Seaman Time called to order: 6:01pm Previous Minutes Nancy Bedan moves we accept the previous minutes

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Meeting Minutes for November 16, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGNovember 16, 2021 Meeting conducted at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Present: Doug Miller, Jim Gast, Bill Mees, Nancy Bedan, Shelby Thomas, John Besser, Jean Neely, Eric Seaman, David Wood, Allison Vaughn Time called to order: 6:03pm Previous Minutes Corrections: the next membership meeting is November 17th not 14th; spelling of

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Meeting Minutes for October 20, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGOctober 20, 2021 Meeting conducted at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Present: Doug Miller, Allison Vaughn, Lottie Bushmann, Jim Gast, John Besser, Nancy Bedan, Bill Mees, Eric Seaman, Shelby Thomas, Eric Wood, Greg Leonard, Dee Dokken Time called to order: 6:01pm Previous Minutes September Board Meeting CORRECTION: Lottie Bushmann has been

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Meeting Minutes for September 19, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYGENERAL MEETINGSeptember 19, 2021 CAS Wild Haven Nature Sanctuary Board members present: Doug Miller, Allison Vaughn, Lottie Bushmann, Jim Gast, John Besser, Nancy Bedan, Jean Neely, Bill Mees, Eric Seaman, Shelby Thomas, Eric Wood. Time called to order: 5:05pm Revised Bylaws The revised CAS bylaws are presented to members assembled for the fall

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Meeting Minutes for September 15, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGSeptember 15, 2021 Meeting conducted outside of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Present: Doug Miller, Allison Vaughn, Lottie Bushmann, Jim Gast, John Besser, Nancy Bedan, Jean Neely, Bill Mees, Eric Seaman, Shelby Thomas, Eric Wood. Time called to order: 6:04pm Approve Minutes of the August Meeting Nancy Bedan moves we accept

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Meeting Minutes for August 18, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGAugust 18, 2021 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Doug Miller, Jim Gast, Greg Leonard, Lottie Bushmann, John Besser, Allison Vaughn, Nancy Bedan, Eric Seaman, Jean Neely, Bill Mees Time called to order: 6:04pm Approve Minutes of the May Meeting Bill Mees moves we accept the minutes of the

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Meeting Minutes for May 19, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGMay 19, 2021 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Doug Miller, Jim Gast, Bill Mees, Allison Vaughn, Eric Wood, Nancy Bedan, Eric Seaman, Greg Leonard, Lottie Bushmann Time called to order: 6:05pm Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting(s) Bill Mees moves we accept the April 20, 2021 board meeting minutes.

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Meeting Minutes for April 20, 2021 and April 23, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGApril 20, 2021 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Doug Miller, Jim Gast, Gregory Leonard, Nancy Bedan, Bill Mees, Allison Vaughn, Eric Seaman, Eric Wood, John Besser, Lottie Bushmann, Shelby Thomas, Jean Neely, Brooke Widmar. Time called to order: 6:04pm Approve Minutes of the March Meeting Corrections: The Wild

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Meeting Minutes for March 16, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGMarch 16, 2021 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Doug Miller, Allison Vaughn, Jim Gast, Bill Mees, John Besser, Nancy Bedan, Eric Wood, Brooke Widmar, Jean Neely, Shelby Thomas, Lottie Bushmann, Greg Leonard Time called to order: 6:05pm Approve Minutes of the February 16, 2021 Meeting Corrections: “Boone Electric

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CAS Board Meeting and General Membership Meeting Highlights for April 20, 2022

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the April, 2022 CAS board and general membership meetings: COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGApril 20, 2022 Meeting conducted online via Zoom Treasurer’s Report Eric Seaman notes that CAS funds managed by the

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Meeting Minutes for April 20, 2022

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING April 20, 2022 Meeting conducted online via Zoom Present: Nancy Bedan, Lottie Bushmann, Bill Mees, Shelby Thomas, John Besser, Jim Gast, Doug Miller, Eric Seaman, Dee Dokken, Eric Wood, Jean Nealy Incoming officers (observing only): Lori Turner, Kevin Wehner, Louise Flenner, Judy Lincoln Time called to order: 6:00pm

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

CAS Work Day, Saturday, April 16, 9 AM–noon: Prepare Wild Haven for sixth-grade field trip

9am-noon

Plans are in the works for Columbia Audubon Society to host about 90 sixth-graders from Centralia public schools at Wild Haven nature area for a “Day on the Stream”, to be held on Thursday, May 5. This Saturday, April 16, we will work to clear some trails and gathering areas for activities during this field

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Special CAS Field Trip: Shorebirds at Eagle Bluffs

3pm

Katy Trail SP State Park trailhead in McBaine

To follow up the shorebird identification workshop by Pete Monacell scheduled for Wednesday April 20, Pete has agreed to lead a field trip to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Saturday, April 23, starting at 3:00 PM. We hope to have stations set up with multiple spotting scopes, with Pete and other shorebird experts offering ID

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for March 16, 2022

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the March 16, 2022 CAS board meeting: 2022–2023 Budget Jim Gast encourages the board to look over the proposed budget for the coming season and let Eric Seaman know if there are any

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for February 15, 2022

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the February 15, 2022 CAS board meeting: Nominating Committee Shelby Thomas reports a slate of candidates is still being assembled for the next election. Jim Gast will place another call for candidates in

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Meeting Minutes for February 15, 2022

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING February 15, 2022 Meeting conducted online via Zoom Present: Jim Gast, Douglas Miller, Allison Vaughn, Lottie Bushmann, Eric Seaman, Gregory Leonard, John Besser, Shelby Thomas, Nancy Bedan, Dee Dokken, Eric Wood, Bill Mees. Time called to order: 6:09pm Previous Minutes Nancy Bedan moves we accept the January 2022

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Nature Area Notes

Progress of CANS Prairie Expansion After several years of preparation, we successfully spread native grass and wildflower seed in the 6-acre expansion of the CANS prairie restoration, located on the west side of Scott Branch Creek (map). This project started with removal of Eastern Redcedar that had invaded the former cow pasture, followed by two

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for January 18, 2022

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the January 18, 2021 CAS board meeting: Audit Committee Report The Audit Committee (comprised of Boyd Terry and Judy Lincoln) has completed their review of CAS financial accounts for the last fiscal year.

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Meeting Minutes for January 18, 2022

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGJanuary 18, 2022 Meeting conducted at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, 2615 Shepard Blvd. Present: Jim Gast, Nancy Bedan, Greg Leonard, Shelby Thomas, Bill Mees, Doug Miller, Eric Seaman, Eric Wood, John Besser, Dee Dokken. Time called to order: 6:00pm Previous Minutes Nancy Bedan moves we accept the December

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

Field Trip to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

8am

Meet and/or carpool at the McBaine parking lot of Katy Trail State Park

Field Trip to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, February 26 at 8 AM By mid-February, Eagle Bluffs should attract good numbers of wintering waterfowl, sparrows, and raptors — and perhaps some early migrants. We will meet 8 AM at the McBaine parking lot of the Katy Trail State Park. Those who are COVID-vaccinated can carpool from

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Field Trip to Garth Nature Area

8am

Meet at parking lot 8 am, 2799 N. Garth Ave. A morning walk around the wetlands for winter sparrows and other wetland skulkers. Gravel trail walking — dress for the weather. For updates or more information contact trip leader Eric Seaman eseaman68@yahoo.com.

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for December 15, 2021

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the December 15, 2021 CAS board meeting: Committee Reports Conservation Dee Dokken presented a position paper circulating to various civic groups that CAS may sign urging the Columbia City Council to “develop a

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for November 16, 2021

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the last meeting: Present: Doug Miller, Jim Gast, Bill Mees, Nancy Bedan, Shelby Thomas, John Besser, Jean Neely, Eric Seaman, David Wood, Allison Vaughn Treasurer’s Report Eric Seaman reports that U.S. Bank began

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Help Protect the Gans Creek Wild Area

You may recall that Columbia Audubon Society opposed a development of 113 houses just north of the Gans Creek Wild Area in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Although the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission has rejected plans for this subdivision in their current form, this process has exposed larger questions about planning issues impacting the

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for October 20, 2021

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the last meeting: Committee Reports Communications The question is raised about whether to send out e-mails promoting events not hosted by CAS, but that might be of interest to the CAS membership. Since

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for September 15, 2021

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the last meeting: Treasurer’s Report Eric Seaman notes the receipt of a $100 donation intended for the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary (CANS), in memory of a North Boone County resident who liked to

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for August 18, 2021

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the last meeting: Committee Reports Nature Areas Bill Mees reports that one of the white oaks at Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary is already being listed as a point of interest, as part of

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Sunday, June 13

June 2021 Wild Haven work day

9am–noon

Wild Haven workday, Sunday June 13, 9 AM-noon This is the last workday at Wild Haven before we take a summer break. Contact: John Besser (jbesser1@gmail.com; 573-639-2211) Planned tasks: Remove fencing materials and railroad ties from along the new trail around the east pond. Demolish and fill in the older and more decrepit of the

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CAS Meeting Highlights for April 20, 2021 & April 23, 2021

April 20, 2021 Board Meeting Membership The proposed updated membership levels will be: $15 Student/Senior (65+); $25 Individual; $40 Family; $60 Donor; $300 Friend All “Friends” (both commercial and private) are entitled to recognition in the Chat and on the website. The revised membership levels are approved by the board. Nature Areas Albert Children’s Area. Jim

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Meeting Minutes for March 16, 2021

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING March 16, 2021 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Doug Miller, Allison Vaughn, Jim Gast, Bill Mees, John Besser, Nancy Bedan, Eric Wood, Brooke Widmar, Jean Neely, Shelby Thomas, Lottie Bushmann, Greg Leonard Time called to order: 6:05pm Approve Minutes of the February 16, 2021 Meeting Corrections:

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Meeting Minutes for February 16, 2021

  COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING February 16, 2021 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Doug Miller, Allison Vaughn, Jim Gast, Nancy Bedan, Greg Leonard, Brooke Widmar, Bill Mees, Lottie Bushmann, Eric Seaman, Shelby Thomas, John Besser, Jean Neely Time called to order: 6:06pm Approve Minutes of the January 19, 2021 Meeting

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Meeting Minutes for January 19, 2021

  COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING January 19, 2021 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Doug Miller, Allison Vaughn, Jim Gast, Brooke Widmar, Shelby Thomas, Greg Leonard, John Besser, Nancy Bedan, Lottie Bushmann, Bill Mees, Eric Seaman, Jean Neely Time called to order: 6:03pm Approve Minutes of the December 21 Meeting Motion

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Meeting Minutes for December 16, 2020

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING December 16, 2020 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Jim Gast, Doug Miller, Lisa Schenker, Nancy Bedan, Eric Seaman, Allison Vaughn, Shelby Thomas, Lottie Bushmann, Bill Mees, Eric Wood, John Besser, Greg Leonard, Brooke Widmar, Jean Neely Time called to order: 7:02pm Approve Minutes of the November

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Meeting Minutes for November 17, 2020

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETYBOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGNovember 11, 2020 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Doug Miller, Allison Vaughn, Bill Mees, Greg Leonard, Jim Gast, Nancy Bedan, Jean Neely, Eric Wood, Lottie Bushmann, John Besser, Brooke Widmar, Shelby Thomas Time called to order: 6:02pm Approve Minutes of the October 2020 Meeting Correcting “deadline” missing from

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Meeting Minutes for October 21, 2020

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING October 21, 2020 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Doug Miller, Jim Gast, Eric Seaman, Bill Mees, Nancy Bedan, Greg Leonard, Elizabeth Schenker, Shelby Thomas, Brooke Widmar, Allison Vaughn, John Besser, Eric Wood Time called to order: 6:04pm Approve Minutes of the September 2020 Meeting Nancy Bedan

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for December 16, 2020

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the last meeting: Motus Tower The Missouri Department of Conservation sign shop will manufacture the memorial plaque for the Brad Jacobs Memorial Motus Tower with funding from the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation. Nature

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for November 17, 2020

Upon review and board approval, final meeting minutes are posted to the Minutes page. Following are highlights of the unapproved minutes from the last meeting: Motus Tower update So far $1235 has been donated to the Brad Jacobs Memorial Motus Tower, with the remainder being supplied by CAS. Jim Gast has sent thank-you notes to

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Meeting Minutes for September 15, 2020

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING September 15, 2020 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Allison Vaughn, Doug Miller, Eric Seaman, John Besser, Brooke Widmar, Nancy Bedan, Bill Mees, Jim Gast, Eric Wood, Lottie Bushmann, Jean Neely Time called to order: 6:04pm Approve Minutes of the August Meeting Bill Mees moves approval of

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Sunday, October 4

Wild Haven Hike and Honeysuckle Hack

2:00 to 5:00pm

Sunday, October 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. Wild Haven Hike and Honeysuckle Hack. Enjoy a guided hike of about 2.5 miles round trip at Wild Haven and cut and treat bush honeysuckle all while working at a ‘social distance.’ Become familiar with the white and yellow trails which were cleared and marked this summer.

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Meeting Minutes for August 19, 2020

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING August 19, 2020 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Jim Gast, Doug Miller, Bill Mees, John Besser, Greg Leonard, Allison Vaughn, Eric Seaman, Nancy Bedan, Jean Neely, Lottie Bushmann, Brooke Widmar President Jim Gast called the meeting to order at 6:05pm Miscellaneous Given that we’ll likely be

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CAS Board Meeting Highlights for August 19, 2020

Full minutes may be found at: http://www.columbia-audubon.org/meeting-minutes-for-august-19-2020/ Nature Areas David and Jean Neely, Bill Mees and John Besser have finished repairing the Wild Haven shelter. Roxie Campbell has also joined in helping to clear the trails at Wild Haven and placing additional markers to make the trails easier to follow. David Neely, John Besser, Bill

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Saturday, September 26

Gateway to the Stars

6:30pm

Gateway Arch National Park will provide a forum in which several local organizations will discuss the impact of light pollution on the night skies, the environment, and animals. So far, representatives of Dark Sky Missouri, Missouri River Bird Observatory, Johnson County Community College, and the Audubon Societies of St. Louis and Kansas City will be

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Saturday, September 19

Volunteers Needed: Fall Cleanup At Wild Haven, September 19

9am–3pm

This summer, we made good progress catching up on maintenance at Columbia Audubon Society’s Wild Haven nature area (100 acres) on Hinkson Creek northeast of Columbia. But we’ll tackle the biggest job at Wild Haven starting this week as we clean out the old workshop building east of the picnic shelter. This building has been

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CAS Board meeting highlights for June 17, 2020

Complete minutes of this meeting may be found at http://www.columbia-audubon.org/meeting-minutes-for-june-17-2020. Financial Issues CAS had provided the Columbia Public School District with student scholarships for summer programs that have since been canceled due to COVID-19. Lisa Shenker has been in touch with CPS Science Coordinator Mike Szydlowski regarding the disposition of these funds. Lottie Bushmann, Lisa

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CAS Board meeting highlights for July 15, 2020

Complete minutes of this meeting may be found at http://www.columbia-audubon.org/meeting-minutes-for-july-15-2020/. Audit Committee Members of the Audit Committee will be Greg Leonard, Jean Leonatti and Eric Seaman Conservation Chair Brooke Widmar responded to Jim’s e-mail looking for a Conservation chair. She is the Director of Administrative Operations of the Missouri Prairie Foundation and the representative for

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Meeting Minutes for July 15, 2020

COLUMBIA AUDUBON SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING July 15, 2020 NOTE: Meeting conducted online via Zoom. Present: Douglas Miller, Allison Vaughn, Jim Gast, Greg Leonard, Lottie Bushmann, Eric Wood, Nancy Bedan, John Besser, Bill Mees, Jean Neely, Eric Seaman. President Jim Gast called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m. Minutes Jim corrected the confirmed

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