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WISHING EVERYONE A JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON!

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Our website has a wealth of information on important topics and upcoming meetings and field trips. Chapter Code for Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City - NO2.
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November Program Reminder

THE HOWS AND WHYS OF AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS

Tuesday, November 19 -  6:45 p.m.
THE KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION CONFERENCE CENTER
, 4801 Rockhill Rd. KCMO 64110, in the Brush Creek Room - Social time from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Business and announcements will precede the meeting. Chuck Otte with Kansas State University and the Kansas Ornithological Society will discuss some of the history and findings of the 120 year-old Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Chuck will also describe many of the common challenges and problems encountered during CBCs, and birding in general, and offer some tips for becoming a better birder!
Free and open to the public.

Please feel welcome to join our host committee and Chuck at Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue on the Plaza before the meeting. Meet at 5:00 p.m., and ask to be seated with the Audubon party. Otherwise, join us at the Kauffman Foundation at 6:00 p.m. for socializing. Business and program begin at 6:45.

An Amazon Program that Gives Back

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Audubon Magazine Past Issues

2019 AND PAST ISSUES OF AUDUBON'S AWARD-WINNING MAGAZINE


Enjoy the photography and journalism of the award-winning Audubon Magazine.

Conservation News

GO NATIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

KC WILDLANDS 19TH ANNUAL RED CEDAR CHRISTMAS TREE EVENT - Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. MILDALE FARM - 35250 W 199th St, Edgerton, KS 66021 - Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park & Recreation District, is again offering the public an opportunity to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays! When you take home a native cedar tree, you’ll not only make your house smell great, you’ll be helping restore wild places to their original health.

Please bring a handsaw (no chainsaws or axes!) and rope to tie your tree to your vehicle. Sturdy boots and work gloves are recommended. Volunteers will be there to help you cut, carry and tie down your tree if needed. Kansas City WildLands suggests a minimum $15 donation for each tree, with proceeds benefiting natural community restoration throughout the Greater Kansas City region. For more information, contact Linda Lehrbaum at 816-561-1061, ext. 116 or linda@bridgingthegap.org.

Nature Programs at the Burroughs Library

 

BIRD BANDING ON SECOND SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH ~ 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
November through March - December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14

Banding is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to witness the beauty of wild birds. Staff from the Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) will gently net, identify and record the vital statistics of birds before giving visitors the opportunity to release them! Each bird receives colored and numbered bands aiding in identification and the assessment of territory fidelity when re-sighted or re-captured. Burroughs supports MRBO’s important work, and we offer the public several opportunities to see wild birds up close.

Come and go as you like during this three-hour event. Safety of the birds always comes first. If wind and weather prevent opening the nets, MRBO staff will present an alternate program and help visitors identify previously banded birds coming to our feeders. If the weather outlook is poor, please call 816-795-8177 to ask if bird banding is happening as scheduled. Directions to the Burroughs Nature Center and Bird Sanctuary.

 

Missouri Young Birders Club News

KANSAS CITY CHAPTER EVENTS

Hey bird photographers! Hope Is The Thing With Feathers, Missouri River Bird Observatory's 4th annual bird photo contest, is now open. This year they have four submission categories (wetland birds, forest birds, prairie birds and backyard birds) with YOUTH and adult prizes in each, plus a Grand Prize! See: mrbo.org/photocontest2019 for all details and to enter.

The Kansas City chapter is one of several Missouri Young Birders Clubs (MYBC) around the state, an effort spearheaded and directed by the Missouri River Bird Observatory, with the purpose of bringing young people together to learn about birds and conservation in an atmosphere of fun and friendship. The club meets monthly for birding field trips and other bird-related activities. In addition to birding, youth members will be given valuable opportunities to take on leadership roles within the club. Contact Sara Scheil at 816-830-1628.

 

November and December Field Trips

TO VARIOUS KANSAS AND MISSOURI LOCATIONS

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

Saturday, November 30

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge - Witness multitudes of Snow Geese and waterfowl, as well as dozens of Bald Eagles. Meet at the Loess Bluffs Welcome Center around 8:45 a.m., and we'll begin our first trip around the refuge’s 10-mile auto tour loop around 9:00. We’ll return to the visitor center around 12:30 p.m. to use the picnic tables for lunch and restrooms before making a second pass around the loop in the afternoon.

DECEMBER


Saturday, December 7
Lyon, Coffey, and Osage Counties (KS) - This trip involves mostly birding by car, with stops around Melvern Reservoir, a short bit of walking around Lyon County State Fishing Lake, and stops at John Redmond Reservoir in search of winter species such as Smith’s Longspurs, grebes, loons, scoters, gulls, shrikes, sparrows, as well as Long-eared and Short-eared Owls. If interested, some participants traditionally stop at Guy and Mae’s Tavern in Williamsburg, KS afterwards for BBQ ribs and to compile a trip list.

December 14 - January 5 – KC area and regional Christmas Bird Counts


Visit our Field Trips web page for trip description, meeting place, and leader contact info. Audubon Christmas Bird Count info can be found here, as well.
 
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