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November Program Reminder

ON ZOOM AND STREAMING LIVE TO FACEBOOK

All meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Tuesday, November 16 -  6:30 p.m.

Join us for our November Zoom General Meeting at 6:30 PM. (follow Zoom link and enter meeting ID
: 868 0685 3998 / passcode: 253749). We'll also stream the program live to Facebook on the Friends of Burroughs Audubon Society (FOBAS) page.

"For The Love of Delta Wind Birds" with Jason Hoeksema, Professor of Biology at the University of Mississippi and President of Delta Wind Birds. 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.

Conservation News

WATER USE CONTINUES TO THREATEN IMPORTANT BIRD AREA

Located in south-central Kansas, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) lies in an area where eastern and western prairies blend together. The refuge is a Ramsar site of International Importance; Wetlands of Hemispheric Importance in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and an American Bird Conservancy Important Bird Area, with over 300 bird species observed on the refuge, including Whooping Cranes. The refuge is an absolutely essential stopover point for thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds using the Central Flyway. During spring migration, an estimated half of all shorebirds in North America are thought to use Quivira NWR and nearby Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve and Wildlife Area.

As environmentally important as the 22,135-acre refuge near the town of Stafford, KS is, it suffers from a water shortage because of groundwater pumping upstream in the Rattlesnake Creek basin by farmers and irrigators who have more junior water rights than the refuge. According to a Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources (DWR) report, over the 34-year period reviewed, shortages of greater than 3,000 acre-feet occurred in 18 years. Audubon of Kansas (AOK) has sued state and federal entities for not enforcing the refuge's senior water rights, but a federal judge recently dismissed the suit against the U.S. Department of Interior and other federal and state agencies, ruling that Audubon did not have jurisdiction to file a claim against KS government entities in federal court, nor did AOK identify any action that would allow it to sue federal agencies.

Though disappointed by this setback, Audubon of KS continues to work with Kansas DWR and federal agencies to secure Quivira NWR's senior water rights while working to conserve and responsibly manage state-wide water resources, including the Great Bend Prairie aquifer, a part of the High Plains Aquifer System which underlies Quivira NWR. Burroughs Audubon Society supports this important work.

Fall and Winter Nature Programs

WITH MISSOURI RIVER BIRD OBSERVATORY AND BAS

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.

HELPING BIRDS! (IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK) PROGRAMS

Join Paige Witek and staff from the Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) and Burroughs Audubon for a new winter program series offering seven simple actions to help birds (Participating in Community Science, Drinking Shade-grown Coffee, Reducing Plastics, Making Windows Bird-friendly, Keeping Cats Indoors, Using Native Plants, Avoiding Pesticides). Find out how to make simple changes to help birds while enhancing your own life! Each event will explore actions that will make a difference in our world and will include going birding and a brief chat about the day's topic. All events in the series will be held outdoors, so dress snuggly, and bring a mask which is required inside.


* Saturday, November 20 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center ~ Birds, Beans, and Birding - Community science and shade-grown Coffee. Pre-registration is requested, so that we can notify you in the event of a weather cancellation.
* Saturday, December 11 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center ~ Birds, Beauty, and Brush Creek - The problem of single-use plastics. Pre-registration is requested, so that we can notify you in the event of a weather cancellation.


MRBO is holding a photo contest of Missouri wild birds from Nov. 1 until Dec. 31 through which entry fees will support MRBO's education and outreach!

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PROJECT FEEDERWATCH

Embrace winter, and count birds for science! Now in its 34th season, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Canada's Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at nature centers and community areas across North America, as well as your own backyard!

Watchers periodically count the birds they see at feeders from November through April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. Data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.

Please feel welcome to join us on feeder count Saturdays (Nov. 20 , Dec. 4, 11, and 18) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Burroughs Audubon Nature Center and Bird Sanctuary.

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 16 – 8:30 a.m.
Stamm Field near Longview Lake - Meet at the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. This radio-controlled aircraft field and under-birded hotspot in Jackson County, MO has several acres of shrubby habitat for sparrows and other winter residents. We'll walk approximately 2 miles on winding mowed paths through the fields looking for them. Northern Harriers are often seen here, as well. Boots are recommended, as the paths can be uneven in places. Your trip leader is Steve Johnson. For more information, contact Steve by email: stevenrjohnson89 AT gmail DOT com or call/text 816-377-6209.

Saturday, November 20 - 8:00 a.m.
Scoping Miami and Linn Counties - We’ll start the day scoping Hillsdale Reservoir before driving by Miola Lake and Paola Water Treatment Ponds in Miami County, and La Cygnes Lake in Linn County to search for waterfowl, gulls, grebes and loons. This is mostly a driving trip, with minimal walking involved. We may walk small areas for wintering sparrows and year-round residents. We’ll stop at Casey’s in La Cygne to grab food and drinks for lunch. Feel free to bring a sack lunch or snacks. Bring optics, field guides, and appropriate clothing for, possibly, chilly conditions near the water. The weather is often cold and windy at this time of year. Individuals of all skill levels are welcome, but WEARING A MASK IS EXPECTED FOR EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE, AS WE'LL BE IN RELATIVE CLOSE PROXIMITY TO USE/SHARE SCOPES.

Your trip leader is Malcolm Gold. Meet at the shelter near the entrance of Hillsdale State Park at 8:00 a.m. A five-dollar daily permit, which can be purchased at the Park’s self pay station, is required for those who don’t have an annual KS state park pass. Carpooling is not being organized for this trip due to Covid precautions. For more info, contact Malcolm at malcolmgold AT gmail DOT com, or call/text 608-807-6086.

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.
 
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.
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