Avocets Arriving at Aldrich
Aug
3
7:30 AM07:30

Avocets Arriving at Aldrich

  • North Lowe's (NE corner of parking) (map)
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As shorebirds head south to spend winter in more hospitable climes, they stop to refuel on their way—and Stockton Lake’s mudflats fit the bill. Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, we never know what we’ll get, but a sampling includes Avocets, multiple shorebird species, ibis, Piping and Semipalmated Plovers.

Bring lunch, snacks, drinks, FRS Radios. Rest stops included.

Leader: Greg Swick, 417-209-0652

Long-billed Dowitchers. Photo: A.D. Daniels

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Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Annual Summer Planning Meeting

Each summer Greater Ozarks Audubon meets to look forward to the coming year, while comparing notes from the current year. We take stock, and prepare for the new fiscal year which starts at the September Annual Meeting with election of officers and board members. What worked, what could work better, new ideas? Sky’s the limit at this gathering.

It's a casual social time to brainstorm—and we especially invite members who are not officers, board members, or committee chairs to join us. Invite a friend; we hope you can come July 13th!

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Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems-GLADE
Jun
16
to Jun 22

Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems-GLADE

  • MSU's Bull Shoals Field Station (map)
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Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems…

It’s here! GLADE 2019—Year 11, where youth going into grades 11 and 12 attend a week-in-the-woods residential camp which exposes them to conservation professionals and potential careers; where they collaborate with like-minded teens to solve problems and learn to consider each person’s viewpoints; where they transplant giant cane or work to restore glade habitat to benefit threatened species. See the 2019 GLADE Brochure for more information.

GLADE. Photo: Kelsey Rumley

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Tour the Ozark Specialities Hotspots
Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

Tour the Ozark Specialities Hotspots

It’s our annual hotspot specialties circuit, beginning with Painted Bunting. We’ll attempt to log all our favorites: Greater Roadrunner, Swainson’s Hawk, Western Kingbird, Mississippi Kite, and others! Meet at Fuddrucker’s parking lot, NE side of Lone Pine and Battlefield.

Led by Steve and Debbie Martin. 417-880-8960

Painted Bunting. Photo: Greg Lavaty

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Road Trip! Elkhart, KS/Black Mesa, OK/Colorado Grasslands
May
24
to May 27

Road Trip! Elkhart, KS/Black Mesa, OK/Colorado Grasslands

Join us over Memorial Day weekend where the corners of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado meet. We have the potential to observe nesting Long-billed Curlew, Mountain Plover, Chihuahuan Raven, Golden Eagle, and many more! Watch this spot for departure place, time, reservations, and instructions which are To Be Announced. Plan to carpool to limit an unruly number of cars in our caravan. Call the leaders if you plan to go or have questions.

Leaders: Charley Burwick and Lisa Berger, 417-860-9505, 417-860-9108.

Pictured: Long-billed Curlew

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Greenways Trail & Veteran's Cemetery
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Greenways Trail & Veteran's Cemetery

View Lake Springfield from a novel aspect as we follow the lake along the cemetery’s edge. Park at the Southwood fishing access, formerly a boat launch just below the Highway 65 bridge over the James River. Cliff Swallows may be constructing nests on the bridge, while Indigo Buntings, Chipping Sparrows, and Parula Warblers sing from the tangles and trees.

Leader: Greg Samuel, 417-839-5627

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GOAS Program and Meeting
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

GOAS Program and Meeting

  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center (map)
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Members are the speakers this month, with each presenting their 10 best images in 10 minute lightning rounds. This calculates to 7 or 8 folks able to entertain us within our time allotment at the nature center. Load your images or a Power Point on a thumb drive and call Program Chair, Ruth Grant, 417-860-4703 to reserve your spot—first come, first served. You will be timed!

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

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Explore the Nature Center's Varied Habitat
May
14
8:00 AM08:00

Explore the Nature Center's Varied Habitat

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

It’s mid-May, so that means peak migrant activity along wooded trails, the paths that skirt the James River and Lake Springfield, and the Nature Center’s open fields. If you’ve yet to see all the birds on your spring bucket list, now’s the time to head out!

Leader: David Catlin, 417-889-9940

Pictured: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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GOAS Board Meeting
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

GOAS Board Meeting

Chapter Board Meetings are held the second Thursday in the months we meet! Membership meetings continue to be every third Thursday, August-November and January-May.

Any active member of National Audubon Society (and GOAS) may attend a board meeting as a guest. A member must contact the President to request to speak to the board and be added to the agenda. Parking is located on the south side of the building.

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South Creek Greenway Stroll
May
7
8:00 AM08:00

South Creek Greenway Stroll

Enjoy the paved, ADA compliant trail along this section of the South Creek Greenways, which is west of Nathanael Greene/Close Park. Birds and wildflowers signal spring is in full swing! Join in the fun and exhilaration this season inspires!

Leader: Dorothy Thurman, 417-631-6778

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Lovely Lake Springfield
May
5
8:00 AM08:00

Lovely Lake Springfield

Walk the ADA compliant paved Greenways paths, visit the GOAS Babbler (like a bubbler only spring fed—no recirculation), and explore Lake Springfield’s GOAS Trail (easy-moderate hiking). Bluebirds and Tree Swallows are busy raising young along our chapter’s nest box trail. Last but not least, spring migration is at its peak with warblers, vireos, and flycatchers filling the trees and lake edges.

Leader: Ann Liles, 417-522-4844

American White Pelicans. Photo: Joseph Ritsch

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Spring Birding at Doling Park
May
4
8:00 AM08:00

Spring Birding at Doling Park

During the latter 1800s, Doling Park was a popular and luxurious tourist stop, featuring a cave and spring which filled a small lake. Folks boated with parasols and straw boater hats, spending leisure time in this beautiful setting. Today the park has paved and wood chipped paths that are perfect for viewing wildlife, birds, and nature.

Leader: Janice Greene, 417-862-4381

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ASM Spring Meeting
May
3
to May 5

ASM Spring Meeting

Learn more and register for the weekend on the ASM webpage.

Mark B. Robbins, author of The Status and Distribution of Birds in Missouri, 2018, (available as a free download) will be our keynote speaker.

He served as ornithology collection manager at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia for eleven years before filling the same position at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute until the present. He has led or co-led over 50 expeditions to foreign countries documenting avian diversity. Over 11,000 of his audio recordings are deposited at the Macaulay Library, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Mark has contributed to Missouri’s avian knowledge base since he began birding at 13. He spearheaded the establishment of the Missouri Bird Records Committee in 1987, the living repository for archiving all usual and unusual observations since the late 18th century, and which is charged to evaluate all Missouri records going forward.

You won’t want to miss Mark’s program. See you there!

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It's Birdathon: Sponsor or Join a Team!
May
1
to May 15

It's Birdathon: Sponsor or Join a Team!

Birdathon Teams solicit pledges then head out to log as many species as possible over one 24 hour period. Will you pledge $1.00 per species?

It’s our largest, most consequential and far-reaching Education budget expenditure supporting our Nationally acclaimed Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems residential camp. GOAS hosts GLADE’s 11th year this June! Please say YES if a member asks you to sponsor her/his team—or ask for pledges and have fun doing your own Birdathon. Either way, it’s a win-win for GLADE, future conservationists, and the planet!

Funds also support the Audubon Adventures curriculum which our chapter provides to grades 3-5—a critical and impressionable age for exposure to conservation concepts.

GLADE 2013 Cane Restoration. Photo: Kelsey Rumley

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Annual Barry County Warbler-Palooza
Apr
27
6:00 AM06:00

Annual Barry County Warbler-Palooza

Join us on our annual trek to Roaring River State Park, where it’s common to see 20+ warblers and neotropical migrant thrushes, tanagers, grosbeaks, and orioles. Some birders make a weekend of the trip, either camping or booking a room. For information contact the leaders, or meet at the West Wal-Mart at 6:00 am on 27 April.

Leaders: Jerry and Margie Williams, 417-207-5763

Magnolia Warbler. Photo: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Spring at Dan and Mary Chiles's Rockspan Farm
Apr
20
7:30 AM07:30

Spring at Dan and Mary Chiles's Rockspan Farm

The Chiles welcome GOAS back to their Rockspan Farm to explore this Ozarks Gem in a new season! The babbling spring is sure to be a bird magnet, while the trail around the lake offers more opportunities to see winter’s lingering species as well as migrant arrivals. Bring lunch, snacks, drinks, and lawn chairs while we enjoy our picnic lunches.

Leader: Lisa Berger, 417-860-9108

Pictured: Rockspan Farm between the lake and Sac River

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GOAS Program and Meeting
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

GOAS Program and Meeting

  • 4601 South Nature Center Way Springfield, MO, 65804 (map)
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Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke of the Missouri River Bird Observatory MBRO join us in April.

Large-scale industrial agriculture is one of the biggest threats to Missouri’s birds and their habitats.  The causes and effects of our modern food system, and the processes by which agricultural practices are decided, may surprise you. Dana Ripper presents, Contribute Big to Conservation – by EATING!, will discuss the landscape, ecological, and physiological impacts of industrial agriculture on birds and how your food choices can contribute significantly to wildlife conservation. We will explore such issues as habitat loss, ecotoxicity, and climate change with simple suggestions for how individuals can help!

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

Nebraska. Photo: Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke

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Bob and Barbara Kipfer's Bull Mills
Apr
13
7:30 AM07:30

Bob and Barbara Kipfer's Bull Mills

Back for a second spring, the very best of Red Bridge Road and Bull Creek all on the Kipfer’s Bull Mills property! We’ll explore to our heart’s content and enjoy a picnic lunch at Bob and Barb’s cabin. Bring lunch, snacks, and drinks. Springfield and northerly folks meet at the Bryan University parking lot.

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

Watch Yellow-throated Warbler video from Kipfer’s deck!

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GOAS Board Meeting
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

GOAS Board Meeting

Chapter Board Meetings moved to the second Thursday in the months we meet! Membership meetings continue to be every third Thursday, August-November and January-May.

Any active member of National Audubon Society (and GOAS) may attend a board meeting as a guest. A member must contact the President to request to speak to the board and be added to the agenda. Parking is located on the south side of the building.

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Early Birds at Busiek State Forest
Apr
7
8:00 AM08:00

Early Birds at Busiek State Forest

First foray for the earliest-arriving migrants: Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Common Yellowthroat. For folks coming from Springfield and north, meet at the Evans Rd. Commuter parking at 8:00 am. Those coming from the south, short-stop at Busiek State Forest.

Leader: Marilyn Owens, 417-569-4962

Chestnut-sided Warbler. Photo: Andrew Reago & Chrissy McClarren/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Popular Palmetto, Shorebirds and Social
Apr
6
8:00 AM08:00

Popular Palmetto, Shorebirds and Social

The Palmetto Area hosts a variety of birds March through June: Shorebirds, Upland Sandpipers, Bobolinks, Swainson’s Hawks, and more. David and Sharon Ashley host a social after our field trip featuring grilled meat and poultry, and beverages! Please bring a side dish or chips/veggies and dip.

Leader: Greg Swick, 417-209-0652

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Plovers' Playground - Lockwood Area
Mar
30
8:00 AM08:00

Plovers' Playground - Lockwood Area

Shorebirds begin migrating in early spring, stopping over in damp prairies to feed during their way to tundra nesting spots. This is a 3/4 day trip, so bring lunch, snacks, drinks, and FRS radios tuned to 11/22. We will make rest stops.

Leader: Greg Swick, 417-209-0652

Pictured: American Golden Plovers

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GOAS Program and Meeting
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

GOAS Program and Meeting

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

With its direct airline service, stable government, and English-speaking population, Belize is arguably Central America’s most accessible nature tourism destination. David Catlin shares his own experience in a photographic journey of this tropical jewel in his presentation, Belize on a (Semi-) Budget. Come at 6:30 to enjoy refreshments and socialize. The Program starts at 7:00 pm, followed by the meeting.

Pictured: Maya Beach Hotel

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It's Timberdoodle Time!
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

It's Timberdoodle Time!

What’s a Timberdoodle? Haven’t a clue? Let’s find out! These strange, little shorebirds begin displaying in winter as they head toward breeding grounds. Get ready for peents, twittering wings, and whistles.

Leader: Charley Burwick, 417-860-9505

Pictured: American Woodcock

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GOAS Board Meeting
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

GOAS Board Meeting

Chapter Board Meetings have been moved to the second Thursday in the months we meet! Membership meetings continue to be every third Thursday, August-November and January-May.

Any active member of National Audubon Society (and GOAS) may attend a board meeting as a guest. A member must contact the President to request to speak to the board and be added to the agenda. Parking is located on the south side of the building.

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