The Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter was formed in Joplin in 1975 and met in various public locations until the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center was completed in 2007. Chapter President, Calvin Cassady shared that the “Charter Members came from a large regional area but all had the same ideas and passion to improve the earth we live in.”
Missouri has long tradition of birding groups and clubs dating back to 1901. They became informally affiliated with the National Audubon Society in 1905 and the St. Louis Bird Club became the first actual Chapter of National Audubon in 1943.
The Audubon Missouri mission is: To connect people to nature in order to conserve and restore Missouri’s ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife. We do this through habitat restoration, advocacy, education and public awareness.
The local Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter lists 3 top goals for the year.
- Continue to support the work of Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
- Provide programs for a variety of ages and interests. The goal is to create an appreciation and support of birds and other animals.
- Provide field trips for a variety of ages and interests. The goal is to learn about birds, their identification, habitats and species.
The Chapter sponsors the National Christmas Bird Count and the Christmas Bird Count for Kids in December.
The Chapter meets at the Audubon Center the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. for a public program and fellowship.
March 10 – Sue Schuble, naturalist. Topic: “Hiking the Ozark Trail: Missouri’s Best Kept Secret.”
April 14 – Jeff Cantrell, MDC. Topic: “A Closer Look at Our Wild Natural Heritage Giving Tallgrass Prairie a Voice.”
May 12 – Paul Nelson, contractor to The American Bird Conservancy. Topic: “Unveiling Missouri’s Glades.”
June 9 – Ken Middick, WGCAC. Topic: “Turtles.”