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Programming Note

NO IN-PERSON MEETINGS THIS SPRING

Happy New Year and welcome back to BurroughsAnnounce! We at BAS hope that you and yours are safe and healthy. Here's a brief update on our accomplishments of the past months and notes on events to come. Many thanks to our Board members, volunteers, and donors who have sustained our organization during this unprecedented time!

At the moment, there are no planned field trips. However, this may change ahead of spring migration. Check our Field Trips page for updates.

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 16 (6:30 PM), for the first BAS General Meeting of 2021 and our first ever on ZOOM! Sarah Winnicki will present "Cowbirds: Harmless Native Species or Dastardly Mobster Villains? A Scientist’s Perspective". Information on how to join the ZOOM meeting will be coming soon.

Conservation News

BIRD STRIKE PREVENTION, MIGRANT BIRD TRACKING AND MORE

Did you know that half of all collisions occur at our homes? Each house kills an estimated 1 or 2 birds annually, adding up to massive losses of the birds we love. Everyone can help remedy this problem. Evaluate your home and workplace for hazardous windows. American Bird Conservancy's website (www.abcbirds.org) provides a variety of mitigation strategies. Window decals are NOT your only solution! 

Also, consider volunteering with BirdSafeKC during spring and fall migration. This grassroots project (a collaboration of Missouri River Bird Observatory and BAS) documents bird collisions and fatalities at buildings in the Kansas City area. Its goals are to encourage collision mitigation and to enhance awareness of hazards that urban environments pose for birds. For more information, please contact Dana Ripper, MRBO Director, at birdsafekc@burroughs.org.

Like a bird, BAS possesses two strong "wings" of activity: Birding and Conservation. Our dedicated Conservation Committee Chair, Mary Nemecek, kept these conservation initiatives moving in the midst of the pandemic:

• BAS helped finance two Motus wildlife tracking stations, near Joplin, MO and Pigeon Hill CA near St. Joseph. ("Motus" is from a Latin word meaning "movement".) Motus towers detect signals from radio-tagged birds and animals, facilitating numerous research projects simultaneously with reduced costs and effort. For example, a Common Nighthawk tagged in Montana on August 27 was relocated in southwest Missouri on September 24--one of 18 birds detected by our Motus system. Missouri's Department of Conservation is creating two parallel lines of towers stretching west to east across the state, one north and one south of the river, fulfilling a need for more stations in the Midwest. Learn more about this innovative effort at motus.org.

• In partnership with MRBO, BAS is sponsoring Audubon Advocacy workshops and promoting the Audubon Conservation Ranching initiative in Kansas and Missouri. Advocacy workshops help us learn how to encourage environmental awareness and protection in the public policy sphere. ACR helps ranchers raise livestock in a bird-friendly (yet profitable) manner that ultimately creates and protects habitat for our grassland birds--the most threatened suite of bird species.

• BAS provided funds for GPS tracking devices to attach to abieticola sub-species of  Red-tailed Hawks to determine the migration pattern of these birds, as part of ongoing research by Mark Robbins of the University of Kansas and the Red-tailed Hawk Project.

• With the help of KC WildLands volunteers, Master Naturalists, and KC Zoo personnel, efforts to remove invasive winter creeper and honeysuckle and to replant trees in Shirling Sanctuary at Swope Park continue. This tiny (9-acre) preserve of mature bottomland forest along the Blue River, and woodland wildflower paradise, was named and is maintained in honor of Albert Shirling, a founding member of Burroughs.

• BAS contributed to the purchase of two vegetation sprayers that will facilitate control of invasive plants on Jackson County Parks + Rec properties.

• Despite the pandemic, our annual spring native plant sale proceeded at Backyard Bird Center in May 2020, with preorders and contact-free pick up. Thanks to Mark McKellar, Ruth Simmons and everyone who provided the venue and volunteer assistance. More native plants = more thriving birds! Watch for details of our next sale on May 1, 2021.

For more information on these projects and ways to become involved, please contact BAS Conservation Chair, Mary Nemecek, at msnemecek@aol.com.

Nature Center and Bird Sanctuary News

 

Recent donations to BAS include: Susan Dyer; Mary Rastorfer (in memory of Jaunette Eaglesfield); and Harvey and Ellen Wise (in memory of Joann Cordonier). Robert and Beverly Yates contributed an excellent collection of puzzles and books to our natural history library.

Due to the ongoing Covid crisis, the BAS Library & Nature Center remains closed until further notice, but please don't hesitate to reach out to us at 816-795-8177 or mail@burroughs.org for help with bird identification or other questions. BAS is your birding resource in the KC region! Improvements continue at the nature center and library, in anticipation of our eventual reopening:

• Invasive autumn olive, bush honeysuckle and other woody vegetation removal from the property.
 • A prescribed burn is planned this winter to enhance spring and summer flowering in the Esther O'Connor Wildflower Prairie.
• The phone at the Library is now cellular, and a signal booster has been installed to enhance reception.
• A footbridge over the low spot of our sidewalk entrance has been added thanks to Alan and Jamie Myers (Alan also currently serves as BAS Treasurer).
• "Wind curtains" of light cord have been installed on our viewing windows to prevent bird collisions.

No matter how much we love the outdoors, sometimes we all crave indoor diversion during the coldest, grayest days of winter. Why not give one of our bird or nature-themed jigsaw puzzles a try? Six challenging, colorful puzzles are now available for borrowing, including State Birds & Flowers, Birds of the Backyard, and more! Please call us at 816-795-8177 for details.

Great Backyard Bird Count This Weekend

A CITZEN SCIENCE COLLABORATION OF CORNELL AND AUDUBON

Thank you to everyone who participated (safely) in the 2020 Kansas City Christmas Bird Count. A grand total of 78 species was recorded in our count circle centered in southeastern Jackson County. Notable finds included 2 Eurasian Collared-Doves in downtown Lee's Summit by Sara Scheil, a Lapland Longspur near Longview Lake by Eric Walters, and a Sedge Wren in the wetlands below the Blue Springs Lake dam by Eric Wilhoit.

Project FeederWatch is another vital aspect of BAS's ongoing citizen science work. Thanks to Sherry Leonardo and Naomi Crewse (Missouri Master Naturalists) and Mike Stoakes for continuing the project this winter. To learn more about how you can participate at home, visit https://feederwatch.org/.

Birds are "flocking" to our feeders during the recent frigid weather--just in time for the 24th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (February 12-15)! Most of the usual public events are suspended, but this is still a great opportunity to introduce newcomers (especially children) to birds, and sharpen identification skills. Our friends at Missouri River Bird Observatory have created an excellent GBBC video, with instructions for conducting your own count. See their YouTube video and the GBBC website for more information. Unusual species, including Redpolls, Pine Siskins, and Red-breasted Nuthatches, are "irrupting" into the Midwest this winter. Who knows what you may find at your feeders?
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