Chapter Program and Meeting
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Chapter Program and Meeting

  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The public is invited to attend!

Meet the GLADE Class of 2019 and learn about their experiences in their own words! They will present the story of their week at the Bull Shoals Field Station last June: Their Week in the Woods, a phrase coined by Sarah Bakker in GLADE’s first year that still rings true today!

GLADE is a project of Greater Ozarks Audubon and Missouri State University. Long-term goals are to nurture future conser­vation leaders, who can make a positive impact in their communities and the world. Each year participants are introduced to: Skills to become a respected conservation leader, awareness of connectedness with others and the natural world, advanced ecological concepts applied to modern conservation practices, potential career choices through experts in the field, and a sense of empowerment by engaging in habitat restoration that benefits rare and endangered Ozarks species.

Come at 6:30 to enjoy refreshments and socialize. The Program starts at 7:00 pm, followed by the membership meeting and announcements.

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Welcome Back Winter Sparrows!
Oct
19
8:00 AM08:00

Welcome Back Winter Sparrows!

A stroll along South Creek is one of the best and closest places to find fall’s arriving sparrows. Join us for an autumn walk along the Greenways trail and enjoy friends, fall, foliage, oh, and birds too!

Meet: Burrell Behavioral Health parking lot at end of drive

Leaders: Dorothy Thurman 417-631-6778 and Myra Scroggs 417-425-6502

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Adopt-A-Street Litter Pick-Up
Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Adopt-A-Street Litter Pick-Up

Join volunteers as we pick up trash along our adopted section along Jefferson.

Meet at Southern Heights Church parking lot just south of the intersection of Jefferson and Seminole. Bring gloves. Trash bags will be furnished.

Leader: Betty Johnson 417-343-8725‬



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Rock the Birds at RockSpan Farm
Oct
27
8:00 AM08:00

Rock the Birds at RockSpan Farm

The Ozarks is on full display at Dan and Margy Chiles’s—what an awesome place! Did we mention birds? There is a wide variety of habitat which entices an equally wide diversity of species. Learn more about RockSpan Farm.

Meet: West Menards parking lot

Leaders: Lisa Berger 417-860-9108 and Ben and Jodie Caruthers, 417-292-4597‬

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Owl Prowl at Finley Creek Farm
Nov
9
4:30 PM16:30

Owl Prowl at Finley Creek Farm

Owls begin courting as fall progresses toward winter when they breed. Bundle up since we’ll be outside listening for a Screech Owl’s whinny, the Barred Owl’s, who cooks for you, and despite its large size, a Great Horned Owl’s soft who, whoo’, whoo’, whoo’.

Meet at Fuddrucker’s, North end of parking lot

Leaders: Charley Burwick 417-860-9505 and Greg Samuel 417-839-5627

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GOAS Board Meeting
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

GOAS Board Meeting

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Board and Chapter meetings are held the second and third Thursdays, respectively September-November and January-May. The Board meets in August but there is no Chapter meeting that month.

Guests may be added to a Board meeting’s agenda by contacting the President a week prior to the meeting. Parking is located on the south side of the building. 

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Loony for Loons Annual Table Rock Lake Pelagic
Nov
16
8:00 AM08:00

Loony for Loons Annual Table Rock Lake Pelagic

  • Evans Road Commuter parking lot (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Captain Greg Swick sets sail across Table Rock Lake in search of loons, grebes, waterfowl, gulls, maybe Nessie? Okay, we jumped overboard to get your attention! The pontoon boats are safe on this protected Ozarks lake where we will ply the waters into coves to observe Bald Eagles and other birds, too.

Registration is required, so call Greg Swick to reserve your seat. Cost will be $18-20 per person. Please dress with layers for cold and wind, and bring lunch, snacks, and drinks; popcorn for gulls is optional.

Meet at Evans Road commuter parking lot.

Leaders: Greg Swick 417-209-0652 and Greg Samuel 417-839-5627

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Chapter Program and Meeting
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

Chapter Program and Meeting

  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The public is invited to attend!

Christian Hagenlocher presents, An EPIC Big Year of Birding North America describing his unique approach to Big Year birding. We’ll follow his travels through his Big Year on a budget, living out of his Subaru Outback, and cutting costs to find birds in the remotest corners of the continent, while becoming the youngest person to break the 700 mark in an ABA Big Year!

From the remote islands of Alaska to Florida’s Dry Tortugas, his journey recounts harrowing brushes with wildlife, people, and threatening weather—detailed in his memoir Falcon Freeway. Christian shares his amazing year through photos, video and more, where we’ll learn about the amazing continent we share with an incredibly diverse cast of feathered friends. 

Christian’s passion for birds began at an early age, when he saw the resident pair of Peregrine Falcons nesting in downtown Seattle. After completing a B.S. in Biology in 2011, he combined his enthusiasm for education, birds, and licensed falconry, integrating these into curriculum in unique ways as a high school Science teacher. Christian has led science-focused trips to Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Peru as a freelance birding guide based in Washington and Colorado. His book, Falcon Freewaywill be published in September 2019.

Come at 6:30 to enjoy refreshments and socialize. The Program starts at 7:00 pm, followed by the membership meeting and announcements.

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It's Here! The 28th Annual Bird Seed Sale!
Nov
23
8:00 AM08:00

It's Here! The 28th Annual Bird Seed Sale!

It’s your once-a-year chance to stock up on bird-feeding supplies. Our seed was grown and harvested during summer 2019, so it is the freshest, most nutritious you can buy anywhere! We sell many seed varieties including our signature GOAS Blend, suet cakes, along with bird feeders and houses which make great holiday gifts for family, neighbors, and frien

Watch this space for our order form.

Bird Seed Sale Chairs: Dan and Ann Liles 417-234-6205

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Springfield/Taney Co. CBC Organizational Meeting
Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Springfield/Taney Co. CBC Organizational Meeting

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The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.

Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you. Join us at the organizational meeting to learn more about participating!

Springfield CBC: Greg Samuel 417-839-5627

Taney County CBC: Charley Burwick 417-860-9505

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Taney County Christmas Bird Count
Dec
14
12:00 AM00:00

Taney County Christmas Bird Count

  • MSU Mincy House pot luck at 4:30 PM (map)
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Hold on to your stocking caps—for the first time in more than 40 years, the Taney Co. count precedes the Springfield CBC! Each team sets meeting time and location arrangements, and to bring lunch, snacks, and drinks (or not). If you didn’t attend the CBC organizational meeting and would like to join a team, contact Charley Burwick 417-860-9505 ASAP.

Meet at the MSU Mincy House for the compilation chili and pot-luck dinner at 4:30 pm. Please bring a dish to share; service is provided.

Leader: Charley Burwick 417-860-9505

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Springfield Christmas Bird Count
Dec
21
12:00 AM00:00

Springfield Christmas Bird Count

  • Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park potluck at 6:00 pm (map)
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Teams set their meeting times, location, and lunch arrangements (or not). If you didn’t attend the CBC organizational meeting and would like to join a team, contact Greg Samuel 417-839-5627, ASAP.

Compilation and Pot Luck Dinner at 6:00 pm at the Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park. Please bring a dish to share; service is provided.

Leader: Greg Samuel 417-839-5627

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Springfield Area Waterfowl Hotspots
Jan
4
1:00 PM13:00

Springfield Area Waterfowl Hotspots

It’s a New Year and time to get that 2020 year list started! Waterfowl including geese, ducks, loons, and grebes are possible with some lucky zingers like a wild swan or overwintering egret. We’ll carpool to multiple spots, where we’ve totalled as many as 25 different species on an exceptional trip.

Meet: Fuddrucker’s north end of parking lot

Leaders: Steve Martin and Debbie Martin 417-880-8960

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GOAS Board Meeting
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

GOAS Board Meeting

  • Springfield Environmental Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Board and Chapter meetings are held the second and third Thursdays, respectively September-November and January-May. The Board meets in August but there is no Chapter meeting that month.

Guests may be added to a Board meeting’s agenda by contacting the President a week prior to the meeting. Parking is located on the south side of the building. 

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Day and Night Shift on the Prairie
Jan
18
11:00 AM11:00

Day and Night Shift on the Prairie

There is a magical time as dusk approaches when diurnal (daytime) and nocturnal (nighttime) activity overlaps during twilight. Crepuscular (active during twilight) raptors briefly interact during the changing-of-the guard between day and night, often taking the same ground roosts the other has just vacated! Come see this fascinating interchange of Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls that has played out on the prairies for eons. Bonus: There’ll be lots of daytime raptors to study, too!

Not to miss—we’ll eat lunch at Cooky’s in Golden City.

Meet: West Menards parking lot

Leaders: Becky Swearingen, 417-766-1708 and Charley Burwick, 417-860-9505

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Legendary Lockwood Area
Feb
2
8:00 AM08:00

Legendary Lockwood Area

As spring approaches, this is a last chance to see wintering raptors before they head north, including Red-tail subspecies: Harlan’s, Abieticola, Krider’s, Calurus, and Rough-legged Hawks. Bring lunch, snacks, drinks and FRS radios tuned to 11/22.

Meet: West Menards parking lot

Leader: Charley Burwick 417-860-9505

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GOAS Board Meeting
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

GOAS Board Meeting

  • Springfield Environmental Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Board and Chapter meetings are held the second and third Thursdays, respectively September-November and January-May. The Board meets in August but there is no Chapter meeting that month.

Guests may be added to a Board meeting’s agenda by contacting the President a week prior to the meeting. Parking is located on the south side of the building. 

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Adopt-A-Street Litter Pick-Up
Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

Adopt-A-Street Litter Pick-Up

  • Southern Heights Bible Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join volunteers as we pick up trash along our adopted section along Jefferson.

Meet at Southern Heights Church parking lot just south of the intersection of Jefferson and Seminole. Bring gloves. Trash bags will be furnished.

Leader: Betty Johnson 417-343-8725‬



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GOAS Board Meeting
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

GOAS Board Meeting

  • Springfield Environmental Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Board and Chapter meetings are held the second and third Thursdays, respectively September-November and January-May. The Board meets in August but there is no Chapter meeting that month.

Guests may be added to a Board meeting’s agenda by contacting the President a week prior to the meeting. Parking is located on the south side of the building. 

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Adopt-A-Street Litter Pick-Up
Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

Adopt-A-Street Litter Pick-Up

  • Southern Heights Bible Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join volunteers as we pick up trash along our adopted section along Jefferson.

Meet at Southern Heights Church parking lot just south of the intersection of Jefferson and Seminole. Bring gloves. Trash bags will be furnished.

Leader: Betty Johnson 417-343-8725‬



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Chapter Program and Meeting
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Chapter Program and Meeting

  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The public is invited to attend!

Doug Ladd’s program titled, Reconnection, Humility, and Awe: a Prescription for Conservation Success, highlights the importance of native plants conservation for birds , pollinators, and the planet.

Doug is currently a research associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and a senior lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches courses in conservation, botany, and ecology.

For more than 40 years, Doug has been involved with prairie and woodland ecology, fire management and ecology, conservation planning, natural area assessment, and ecological management, restoration, and research. He worked for The Nature Conservancy for 33 years, serving as director of conservation for the Missouri program.

Come at 6:30 to enjoy refreshments and socialize. The Program starts at 7:00 pm, followed by the membership meeting.

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Amazing Aldrich Loop, Lake Stockton
Sep
15
7:30 AM07:30

Amazing Aldrich Loop, Lake Stockton

It’s a 3/4 day trip to the Aldrich Arm of Stockton Lake, and like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, we never know what we’ll get, but there are lots of possibilities this time of year: Returning waterfowl, waders, late shorebirds, and migrating songbirds.

Meet: North Lowe’s NE side of parking lot.

Bring lunch, snacks, drinks, and FRS radios tuned to 11/22. We’ll make periodic rest stops.

Leaders: Greg Swick 417-209-0652‬ and Dick Stiefvater 417-655-1363

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GOAS Board Meeting
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

GOAS Board Meeting

  • Springfield Environmental Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Board and Chapter meetings are held the second and third Thursdays, respectively September-November and January-May. The Board meets in August but there is no Chapter meeting that month.

Guests may be added to a Board meeting’s agenda by contacting the President a week prior to the meeting. Parking is located on the south side of the building. 

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Swifts & Sundaes - on Us!
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

Swifts & Sundaes - on Us!

It’s called staging, and is amazing to watch! As Chimney Swifts prepare for migration to Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Brazil, birds numbering up to thousands circle in large flocks above roosting sites at dusk, and then suddenly descend in ever-narrowing, tornado-like vortices into a range of structures, including chimneys, to spend the night.

When the bird-vortex show is over, we’ll head to Andy’s Frozen Yogurt a few blocks east of Columns IV for an informal social. Swifts courtesy of nature—the Sundaes are on US!

Park in the TelComm lot next to Columns IV

Leader: Greg Samuel 417-839-5627

It’s our autumn kick-off—Hope to see you there!

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