Our mission is to promote bird conservation in southwest Missouri through bird watching, education, habitat preservation and restoration, and public awareness, for the benefit of humanity and wildlife.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society (GOAS), established in 1962 as the Audubon Club of Springfield became a chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1980. We believe birds are catalysts for connecting southwest Missouri and our 500+ members with nature.
We value that the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society is a respected and responsible voice for conservation in southwest Missouri, and as such, we embrace the following values to more effectively assist us with our mission and goals of serving birds, other wildlife, and the public.
• Action - A hallmark of our conservation work is decisive, innovative and effective place-based action characterized by thoughtful and thorough planning for the sustainability of our planet and all its inhabitants.
• Collaboration - We forge strong and lasting partnerships to achieve our goals, because we recognize collaborative relationships and teamwork are critical to our success.
• Commitment - We are driven to achieve our mission by a shared love and respect for birds, other wildlife and nature itself, by the knowledge that healthy, sustainable ecosystems are essential to health and quality of life of all peoples, and by our faith in the power of action guided by sound science.
• Diversity - We strive to mirror the diversity of nature and of our modern world. Just as diversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experiences, traditions and viewpoints can strengthen our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and of all peoples.
• Integrity - We strive to create and are committed to a culture of openness and trust. We hold ourselves accountable to achieve tangible and measurable results, reflecting the highest ethical and financial standards.
• Optimism - We are solution oriented. We reframe problems as challenges, and have the commitment and the knowledge to address them effectively--and we are confident that we will.
• Education - We strive to meet the educational needs of all people by providing enriching experiences that offer opportunities for mastery learning, social inclusion, personal fulfillment, and the development of a responsible conservation ethic.
• Respect - We value the roles and opinions of our members, partners, volunteers, donors, and those with whom we disagree; we demonstrate this respect through effective dialogue, transparency, and collaboration.
Meetings and Membership
We meet the third Thursday at 6:30 PM, September-November and January-May, at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Join us for refreshments prior to the program, which starts at 7:00 pm. Program topics are bird and wildlife conservation, updates on agencies' habitat restoration, and travelogues. You don't need to be a member to attend our meetings, field trips, or to volunteer! When you join the National Audubon Society, you automatically become a member of GOAS, and receive benefits of membership in both organizations. The fastest and most secure way to Join or Renew is online. Or, mail your check with the form in our newsletter to GOAS, P.O. Box 3231, Springfield, MO 65808-3231.
Date is term initiation. Officers may serve a maximum of (3) one-year terms. Board members may serve a maximum of (4) one-year terms.
Phone prefix is 417 unless noted.
President – Greg Swick (09/19) 209-0652
Vice-President – Becky Swearingen (09/19) 417-766-1708
Secretary – Lisa Berger (09/19) 417-860-9108
Treasurer – Wendy Vit (09/17) 849-8550
Past President – Janice Greene (09/19) 862-4381
Klee Bruce (09/18) 368-7781
Charley Burwick (09/18) 860-9505
Ben Caruthers (09/19) 292-4597
David Catlin (09/19) 861-8875
Jim Fossard (09/18) 848‐2205
Kendell Loyd (09/17) 573-776-0901
Myra Scroggs (09/17) 425-6502
Publications – Lisa Berger 860-9108
GOAS Newsletter & Website, Print publications – Lisa Berger 860-9108
Checklists, Guides, Print name tags– Greg Samuel 839-5627
GLADE Newsletter & Website – Klee Bruce 368-7781
Mailed Newsletters, welcome letters, manage nametags, attendees lists– Mary Sturdevant 830-9298
Conservation – James Fossard 848-2205
Policy – James Fossard 848-2205
Fellows Lake – Jan Carter 833-2211
Lake Springfield – Sue Schuble 619-3060, Lisa Berger 860-9108
Close Park – Betty Johnson 343-8725, Dorothy Thurman 631-6778
South Creek Project – Myra Scroggs 425-6502
Important Bird Areas – Lisa Berger 860-9108
Adopt-A-Street – Betty Johnson 343-8725
Audubon Bubbler & Trail at Close Park – Sue Schuble 619-3060
Field Trip – Greg Samuel 839-5627
Christmas Bird Counts
Taney County CBC – Charley Burwick 860-9108
Springfield CBC – Greg Samuel 839-5627
Bird Recorder – Greg Samuel 839-5627
Membership – Mary Sturdevant 830-9288
Hospitality – Jeannie McLaughlin 459-8543
Historian – Betty Johnson 343-8725
Traditional Media Print - Chair Needed!
Social Media – Jill Hays 840-2485
GOAS Facebook – Greg Swick 209-0652, Lisa Berger 860-9108, Dave Catlin 861-8875, Jill Hays 840-2485
GLADE Facebook – Brooke Widmar 459-6526
GLADE Twitter – Brooke Widmar 459-6526
Nominating – Appointed Annually
Finance – Wendy Vit 849-8550, plus Officers (Executive Committee)
Bird Seed Sale – Dan Liles 234-6205
Birdathon – David Catlin 861-8875
Program – Ruth Grant - 860-4703
Education – Sue Schuble - 619-3060
GLADE – Directors Kendell Loyd 573-776-0901, Rebekah Jenkins 417-880-5065
Audubon Adventures – Myra Scroggs 425-6502
Outreach – Sue Schuble 619-306
GOAS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Federal Tax ID: 43-1730027 - Missouri Tax ID: 160077423 - Address: P.O. Box 3231, Springfield, MO 65808-3231. For questions about organizational governence, contact us at the link below.