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October Program Reminder

ON ZOOM AND STREAMING LIVE TO FACEBOOK

Please note that the October General Meeting is on the FOURTH Tuesday, and November's meeting is on the THIRD Tuesday.
All meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Tuesday, October 26 -  6:30 p.m.

Join us for our September Zoom General Meeting at 6:30 PM. (follow Zoom link and enter meeting ID
: 865 1087 0621 / passcode: 926155). We'll also stream the program live to Facebook on the Friends of Burroughs Audubon Society (FOBAS) page.

"The Status of Regal Fritillary Butterflies in Missouri" with Steve Buback, Natural History Biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Some native prairie remnants in Missouri host the beautiful and uncommon Regal Fritillary. Like some of our most endangered grassland birds, it’s a prairie specialist, and its presence is an indicator of high quality habitat. Steve will discuss efforts to monitor these unique butterflies and the status of their population in Missouri.


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Please mark your calendars for our final fall meeting on Tuesday, November 16. Our speaker will be Jason Hoeksema, Ph.D., President of Delta Wind Birds in Mississippi. DWB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and creating wetlands, fostering ecotourism, and raising awareness of migratory shore birds (“Wind Birds”) in the state. Dr. Hoeksema will present a short overview of the history of Sky Lake (and its nature reserve) and Delta Wind Birds. His program will also include discussion of DWB's collaborative conservation work with Mississippi Delta farmers (as featured in the Summer 2021 Living Bird magazine), and planned developments at Sky Lake Nature Reserve--a floating boardwalk and a Prothonotary Warbler Trail. Jason will conclude with a “Lessons Learned” case study on the establishment of nest boxes for Prothonotary Warblers at SLNR.

President's Corner

A MESSAGE FROM BAS PRESIDENT, ELIZABETH STOAKES

The pandemic has sadly postponed many events during the past 18 months--and that includes a celebration of Burroughs' (BAS) 50th anniversary as an Audubon chapter! In February 1971, the membership of Burroughs Nature Club elected to join forces with the National Audubon Society (NAS), to amplify our group's power to help protect birds and habitat. This alliance allows BAS to support the larger goals of NAS (fighting climate change, conserving stopover habitats, preserving legislation such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act), while undertaking projects to benefit birds in our own region. Some of our proudest achievements of the past few years are:
  • Collaborating with Platte Land Trust and Missouri Prairie Foundation to purchase Snowball Hill Prairie in Harrisonville, MO and Southfork Prairie (renamed Dr. Harry and Mrs. Lina Berrier Memorial Conservation Area) near Drexel, MO -- these lovely remnant prairies host grassland birds and insects and provide seed for further prairie restoration projects. The purchase of these two pieces of land was made possible by BAS' Lena Feighner Conservation Fund;
  • Financing 2 Motus towers (one near St. Joseph, one near Joplin) as part of a statewide network to enable MDC to track migrating birds and bats in our state;
  • With the help of KC WildLands and KC Zoo staff, removing invasive winter creeper and honeysuckle in Shirling Sanctuary in Swope Park--allowing the native spring wildflowers that our founding members loved to flourish once again.
And of course, we continue to offer FREE field trips and camaraderie year-round for birders of all skill levels, thanks to our wonderful volunteers and our partnership with Jackson County Parks + Recreation. Our library and nature center in Fleming Park in eastern Jackson County has been in operation since April 1974!

In summary, we want our group to continue its success on both the local AND national level, and I'd like to request your help. If your membership has inadvertently lapsed during this unprecedented time, or if you're uncertain whether or not you're a member, please take a moment to review your status and consider renewing your National Audubon Society membership. Or take the leap and join us as a new member!

As an NAS member in the Greater Kansas City area, you will automatically be enrolled as a BAS member also. (BAS is your local chapter--our chapter code is NO2.) A portion of your NAS membership dues are returned to BAS annually to help support birds in your own backyard. New memberships can be purchased for as little as $20 for 1 year.

To confirm the status and expiration date of your membership, please contact NAS Customer Service toll-free at 844.428.3826, or address emails to customerservice@audubon.org. For new memberships, or gift memberships, please visit the NAS membership page.

Thank you to all of our members, old and new--we greatly appreciate your support!

Nature Programs at the Burroughs Library

BONNIE THE BIOLOGIST

Nature Center Update: The BAS nature center in Fleming Park (7300 SW West Park Road, Blue Springs, MO, 64015) is now open 12-4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Please note that masks are required inside the building, per current Jackson County policy. Please call or text (816) 795-8177 with any questions or concerns. You can also reach us by email: mail AT burroughs DOT org.

REMAINING BONNIE THE BIOLOGIST PROGRAMS IN 2021

*Thursday, October 28 @ 10:00 AM ~ The Canidae Family – Wolves, Coyotes, and Coydogs

*If the weather cooperates, we'll meet outside on the lawn in front of the Library. Please bring a mask which is required inside the building.


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      Nature Notes:
  • Autumn could aptly be called the "Yellow Season"! The last goldenrod, coreopsis, and sunflowers are blooming. Sulphur butterflies are nectaring on these flowers and also fall-blooming asters on warm days. Leaves are quickly turning color and falling.
  • Don't forget, fall is a great time to plant more natives for birds and wildlife! Deep Roots KC is an outstanding local resource. National Audubon's "Plants for Birds" page and the Missouri Prairie Foundation website also contain valuable information on creating and maintaining native plant gardens.
  • Ospreys and pelicans are appearing at local lakes, wetlands and reservoirs. If you're lucky, you may see them snag a fish or two!
  • Our winter residents, such as juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Brown Creepers, are gradually returning.
  • The peak of Monarch butterfly migration has passed; most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have departed for Mexico and Central America.
Please be safe and enjoy the changing season, and thank you for supporting BAS!

November and December Field Trips

TO VARIOUS KANSAS AND MISSOURI LOCATIONS

* Participant limited trips with masks, distancing, and/or no carpooling - expectations as noted in trip descriptions.
* Watch the Field Trips web page for updates and additional trips.

Burroughs field trips are free to Audubon members and the public, and people of any age or level of experience are welcome to participate! Any trip may involve walking on a variety of terrain and surfaces, but some trips will be more strenuous than others. Trip leaders can advise you of the physical activity involved. Since we visit a number of wild areas and habitats, we respectfully ask that your pets not accompany us on the trail. If they're not given to vocal excitement, crated pets in vehicles are fine.

NOVEMBER

Tuesday, November 2 – 9:00 a.m. (Limit 15 participants)
Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens - Free admission day. Meet near the ticket booth at 9:00 a.m. We’ll focus on the natural parts of the Arboretum looking for migrant and resident songbirds as well as migrating raptors. PLEASE BRING A MASK FOR USE IF WE ARE UNABLE TO STAY SAFELY SPACED APART AND FOR ENTERING THE VISITOR CENTER. Your trip leader is Mike Stoakes. Contact Mike to reserve your spot: email mstoakes AT juno DOT com or call/text 816-283-6258.

DECEMBER

Tuesday, December 7 – 9:00 a.m. (Limit 15 participants)
Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens - Free admission day. Meet near the ticket booth at 9:00 a.m. We’ll focus on the natural parts of the Arboretum looking for migrant and resident songbirds as well as migrating raptors. PLEASE BRING A MASK FOR USE IF WE ARE UNABLE TO STAY SAFELY SPACED APART AND FOR ENTERING THE VISITOR CENTER. Your trip leader is Mike Stoakes. Contact Mike to reserve your spot: email mstoakes AT juno DOT com or call/text 816-283-6258.


Visit our Field Trips web page for trip description, meeting place, and leader contact info. Reports from previous trips can be found here, as well.
 
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