Wild Haven Nature Area, 6900 E. O'Rear Road

3-6:30 p.m.

Columbia Audubon members, friends and neighbors are invited to stop by, starting at 3 p.m., to learn about improvements recently completed at Wild Haven Nature Area as well as future plans. We’ll have light refreshments and activities, featuring a demonstration with live raptors (hawks and owls) presented by the University of Missouri Raptor Rehabilitation Project. At 4 p.m., CAS members will lead short nature walks to explore the birds and habitats of the Wild Haven Area.

At 5 p.m., there will be a brief Columbia Audubon membership meeting, followed by the CAS annual picnic at 5:30 p.m. During the meeting, members will be asked to vote on the proposed by-laws revision that was presented last May. Please bring a copy of the proposed by-laws with you to the picnic for reference. The proposed by-laws revision can be found in the September Chat newsletter on the Columbia Audubon website, and an article explaining the changes can be found in the May 2021 newsletter under Archived News on the website.

The picnic will be “bring your own” (food, plates and utensils, folding chairs). Drinks (water and canned beverages) will be provided for the picnic. Columbia Audubon will follow the Boone County Health Department’s virus protocol at the time of the event. (NOTE: In case of bad weather on Sept. 19, the Open House and Picnic will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26; members will be notified of a postponement by e-mail.)

The recently restored picnic shelter at Wild Haven after a long workday. Photo by Jean Neely